A mum-of-two who ‘stamped’ on the head of a defenceless man lying on the floor has been jailed.
Tasmin Riley, of Beech Street, Accrington, repeatedly stamped and kicked victim David Howard outside Baggies Wine Bar in Great Harwood after he had been attacked by an unknown group of men.
Burnley Crown Court heard Riley was ‘very angry at the time of the incident’ and had been ‘drinking everything she could get her hands on, including shots and pints of lager and had also taken some cocaine’.
Riley, 28, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 12 months.
Stephen Parker, prosecuting, said the incident happened at around 4.30am on August 22 last year outside the wine bar on Glebe Street.
The court heard how someone had punched Mr Howard in his side as he was leaving the bar but he ‘didn’t know who it was’ and when he got outside he was ‘pushed to the floor without warning’.
Mr Parker said the victim put his hands over his face and head to ‘try and protect himself’ as he was kicked by a group of men.
One witness later told police: ‘Nowhere on his body was being spared. One of them even took a run up and kicked him like he was playing football.”
Mr Parker said Riley then joined in and stamped on his head and upper body and later returned and kicked him again to the body.
The prosecutor said the witness, who tried to intervene and break-up the attack, was left ‘very upset’ by the incident and was ‘disgusted to watch people there kicking a man on the floor’.
Mr Parker said Mr Howard got up a few moments later and went to Great Harwood police station to report the attack, but it was closed.
Mr Howard suffered bruising and swelling to an eye, lacerations to his face and bruises to his back and ribs, however he didn’t go to hospital.
The court heard how when Riley was later arrested and interviewed by police she told them she was ‘in a bad way at the time’, had been out with friends and had drank a lot of alcohol and taken some cocaine.
Mr Parker said she was ‘very angry’ and claimed Mr Howard had grabbed her arm on the way out of the wine bar.
She said she had ‘lost her temper’ but there was ‘no valid reason whatsoever to do what she’d done’.
Judge Beverley Lunt described Riley’s actions as a ‘vicious, unprovoked and repeated attack’ on a man who was ‘vulnerable and had already been attacked by others’.
Sentencing, she said: “This had nothing to do with you.
“You ran to the scene, you kick him and stamp on his head more than once, leave the scene again but then come back and kick him again.
“It’s no excuse at all that you were under the influence of drink and drugs. That’s an aggravating feature. It is sheer luck his injuries weren’t more serious.
“He was totally vulnerable and helpless, it was in the street and it’s at night and you have previous convictions for offences of violence.
"I’m entirely satisfied there must be an immediate prison sentence for what you did on this night.”
Defence barrister Philip Holden said it was an ‘appalling offence’ but said ‘she has not reached the stage where custody is absolutely inevitable’.
He told the court how Riley had started ‘drinking heavily and taking cocaine’ 12 months ago after losing a friend to cancer.
He said she ‘no doubt went off the rails’ and had been seeing the mental health team.