A COCAINE and alcohol-fuelled thug who knocked a man unconscious and kicked, slapped and flicked him while he lay motionless on the ground has been jailed.

Preston Crown Court heard how Jamie Douglas Bullen had a chance encounter with victim Jason Procter in Higher Church Street, Blackburn on June 2.

CCTV footage showed 32-year-old Bullen floor Mr Procter with a single punch and then kick him twice while he was unconscious. Bullen walked off before twice returning to Mr Procter, who was bleeding heavily from his head, and slapped him and flicked his nose.

Judge Simon Medland QC those actions as a ‘casual arrogance to his violence’.

Prosecuting, Mercedes Jabbari said that the following day at around 5.30am victim Paula Smith was awoken by a banging noise. When she looked out of the window she saw Bullen, of Whitebirk Road, Blackburn, on her driveway waving a hammer and shouting aggressively.

He then smashed the back window of a Vauxhall Mokka, which was parked on her driveway in Oban Drive, Blackburn, causing £410 of damage.

He then got into the driver’s seat of a Vauxhall Corsa.

Mrs Smith telephoned her husband Karl, whose sister Karen had previously been in a relationship with Bullen.

Mr Smith, who had been on his way to work, suspected Bullen would be going to Karen’s house so instead went to Ailsa Road.

Ms Jabbari said when Mr Smith arrived he could hear Bullen shouting aggressively and found him at the side of his sister’s bed.

Mr Smith punched Bullen, causing him to land on the bed, and then the men began grappling.

Karen then shouted ‘knife’ and when Mr Smith looked down he could see a kitchen knife in Bullen’s hand.

Both men ended up on the floor and Mr Smith kept grabbing Bullen’s wrist to stop him from using the weapon.

After the scuffle, Bullen got back into his car but was arrested by police. He was breathalysed and was found to be one and a half times the legal limit.

It was only when Mr Smith followed Bullen outside that he realised he had a stab mark on his chest. Ms Jabbari said that injury proved not to be serious.

During police interview Bullen admitted the offences and said he would attack Mr Procter again.

Ms Jabbari said: “He said there had been an incident with all those parties involved. He said he had been jumped. He said his behaviour was in retaliation.”

Bullen pleaded guilty to assault, wounding, criminal damage, possessing cannabis and driving with excess alcohol.

Defending, Mark Stuart accepted that his client, who has 14 convictions for 21 offences, didn’t have the best record. He also said it was significant his client had been prepared to plead guilty to wounding Mr Procter despite the victim having never made a complaint.

Mr Stuart said: “It wasn’t pre-meditated. He just happened to come come across Mr Procter. He saw red, lost it and attacked him.”

Sentencing Bullen to three years in jail, Judge Medland said: “By reflection of your record and exhibited by the conduct you displayed you are capable of using significant violence.” Bullen was banned from driving for two years and banned from contacting Karen Smith for five years.