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Man jailed for stamping on victim's head

PUBLISHED: 09:22 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 06 July 2010

A MAN who stamped on another man's head during a fight in Lowestoft town centre has been jailed for 16 months.

Sentencing 23-year-old Ben Danks, Judge John Holt said that, after watching CCTV footage of the incident, he was "amazed" the victim had not been seriously injured.

A MAN who stamped on another man's head during a fight in Lowestoft town centre has been jailed for 16 months.

Sentencing 23-year-old Ben Danks, Judge John Holt said that, after watching CCTV footage of the incident, he was “amazed” the victim had not been seriously injured.

Judge Holt said he had “flinched” while watching the CCTV footage, which showed Danks stamping on Grant Carter's head up to four times. He added Mr Carter may have avoided serious injury by covering his head with his hands during the attack.

Danks, of Victoria Road, Lowestoft, admitted assaulting Mr Carter causing him actual bodily harm.

Adele Cook, prosecuting yesterday (Tuesday) at Ipswich Crown Court, said a row had taken place between Danks and Mr Carter in London Road North, Lowestoft, and blows had been exchanged.

Mr Carter and his friend had then backed away from the fight, but had been followed by Danks, who is seen on CCTV footage knocking him to the ground and stamping on his head up to four times.

Ms Cook said Mr Carter was taken to hospital after the attack, but suffered relatively minor injuries which included bruising to both eyes and hands and to his right wrist and ear.

Andrew Oliver, for Danks, said prior to the incident Mr Carter had hit Danks on the head with a glass causing a cut, which was seen by his girlfriend and a policeman.

“He sees himself as a victim as well. Had Mr Carter not been physically aggressive to Ben Danks in the first place, this incident wouldn't have happened,” said Mr Oliver.

He accepted that, despite the provocation by Mr Carter, there was no excuse for what Danks did to him.

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