8th Dec, 2016

Attacker who pulled man to the floor by his hair, causing turban to fall off, jailed

Shaun Reynolds 15th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

AN ATTACKER who punched and kicked a Coventry man, causing his turban to fall off, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half months.

Amandeep Singh had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to assaulting his victim Jit Singh causing him actual bodily harm during the incident in Webster Street.

Despite being of previous good nature, Mr Singh, 30, of Manor Court Road, Nuneaton, was jailed after it had been alleged that Jit Singh had been pulled to the ground by his hair.

Prosecutor Aimee Parkes said Jit Singh was walking when someone punched him in the back of the head.

Miss Parkes said Jit Singh was kicked seven or eight times to the head, and Judge Andrew Lockhart QC observed that a woman who saw the attack said it made her feel physically sick.

Mr Singh claimed in his pre-sentence report that he only kicked Jit Singh to the arm because he was holding his leg – and that it was a third person involved who landed kicks to the head.

A witness called the police and Jit Singh was taken by ambulance to hospital where a scan was carried out and he was treated for a cut to his left ear, a black eye and soreness to his arm.

Defending, Delroy Henry said: “He’s a man of previous good character who made admissions in interview, and he’s expressed remorse and a desire to apologise to the victim.”

Jailing Singh, Judge Lockhart said: “This was at a time when there was an issue between your family and Jit Singh over a parking ticket.

“He was in Webster Street and he approached you and there was a heated argument – you began the violence and put him to the ground.

“His turban fell from his head – I do not sentence you on the basis that you intended that, but you know it is something that causes a great deal of concern and shame and embarrassment.

“You and your co-venturer continued, with this becoming a joint attack, and witnesses saw him kicked to the head and stamped upon.

“Mercifully this man suffered no serious injury, but when you kick someone on the ground you are using a weapon, and this was in broad daylight in a busy street.

“I am absolutely clear this crosses the custody threshold by some margin – and for an offence where a man is kicked on the ground in public, there is no way I can suspend the sentence.”