A man who stamped on another’s face at a party has been given an extended jail sentence after a judge described him as “dangerous and a risk to the public”.
Mark Mills was among people present in the premises above the Waterloo Tavern in Huddersfield on September 13 last year when he was seen “squaring up” to Daniel Elliott.
Michael Collins prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court a witness heard Mr Elliott saying he did not want any trouble but she was told to leave the room.
She (the witness) did so and soon after heard a thud from the living room and returned with the man hosting the party to see Mr Elliott on the floor while Mills was at the sink washing his hands which had blood on them.
Mr Collins said it was thought the incident was over but Mills then returned and without warning or provocation stamped on Mr Elliott’s head before leaving the premises.
His unconscious victim was taken to hospital where he spent three days and was found to have a fractured nose and orbital bone. He also had marks on his face from the imprint of the sole of Mills’s trainer.
Charles Blatchford for Mills said Mr Elliott had tried to stop the proceedings continuing but Mills had pleaded guilty in spite of that and should be given credit for his plea.
He had expressed his remorse in a letter to the court for the impact on Mr Elliott and those around him, particularly his family.
Mills, 30 of Crawthorne Crescent, Deighton, Huddersfield admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for seven years with an extended five years on licence after his release.
Sentencing him Judge Guy Kearl QC said he had a bad record for violence over the last 12 years which included a similar offence in 2004 where he kicked and stamped on another man on the floor for which he had received three years and an unlawful wounding in 2009 where a man was stabbed and suffered a punctured lung.
There had also been other offences of battery and some 11 domestic violence call outs to the police.
The judge said in the recent offence he again used his shod foot as a weapon, assessing that and his record suggested a pattern of behaviour which showed he was dangerous to the public.
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