A MAN who punched a fellow Christmas reveller almost a dozen times as he lay helpless on the ground in Carlisle city centre has been spared immediate prison.
David MacCallum was chased up Botchergate, on to English Street and brutally attacked during the early hours of December 25, 2018, after an argument involving strangers with whom he’d previously been drinking.
One, Connor Stuart David Kinnon shoved Mr MacCallum to the floor before another teenager, Jordan Lee Williamson struck him once.
Prosecutor Paul Brookwell told Carlisle Crown Court: “Whilst Mr MacCallum was helpless on the floor, Mr Kinnon knelt or crouched over him and delivered 10 punches or thereabouts to his head repeatedly.”
After a bystander intervened, Williamson delivered a sickening kick to the victim’s face as he still lay prone.
Mr MacCallum later spoke of losing confidence and memory, suffered concussion, a sore neck and visible injuries to his head and leg.
Kinnon, previously of Charles Street, Carlisle, and now of Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, was finally sentenced today (TUES) having admitted actual bodily harm assault. CCTV had captured the violence, Mr Brookwell saying of Kinnon’s comments when interviewed: “He expressed that he, at the time, didn’t really intend to hurt Mr Kinnon.”
Kinnon’s 20-month prison sentence was suspended for two years by Judge Nicholas Barker, who also ordered him to complete a 15-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 160 hours’ unpaid work.
Williamson, formerly of Borrowdale Gardens in Carlisle, had been given the same suspended jail term, along with a night-time curfew and unpaid work, at a separate sentencing hearing late last year.
“Jordan Williamson delivered a kick to the head which was the more serious, aggravated act of violence,” Judge Barker observed as he sentenced 21-year-old Kinnon today. “The defendant (Kinnon) rained no less than 10 blows down on the prostrate Mr MacCallum.”