Binge drinkers jailed for vicious attack at taxi rank
A pair of binge drinkers have been jailed for a mindless attack on a stranger as a Judge signalled a clampdown on late night violence.
Daniel Tribble and Louis Jeans had been out together in Exmouth when they picked a fight with victim Stacey Walters at a taxi rank and kicked him repeatedly to the head.
They were jailed after a Judge warned they could have killed the helpless man and ruled that the courts have a duty to deter similar drunken violence.
Tribble, aged 22, of Norman Crescent, Budleigh Salterton, and Jeans, of Holland Road, Exmouth, admitted causing actual bodily harm and were each jailed for eight months by Judge Phillip Wassall at Exeter Crown Court.
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The judge told them:”This is the consequence of binge drinking and random attacks. The courts will not tolerate it. There are some offences so serious they leave the court with absolutely no choice and regretfully this is one of them.
“Attacks of this sort on the streets of Exmouth and other towns and cities are far too prevalent and the court has a public duty to send out a message that they will not be tolerated, even by people like you who come from good backgrounds.
“The severity of this attack was startling and sickening and the consequences are simply a matter of luck and could easily have been more serious.
“When people are kicked in the head the force is not measurable, particularly by people who are drunk. One kick can be enough to kill someone.
“You are basically of good character but have a problem with binge drinking. You have both been brought up properly and have ongoing responsibilities and I accept this was completely out of character.”
Mr Peter Coombes, prosecuting, said the defendants had been drinking for many hours in Exmouth and encountered their victim near the taxi rank in The Strand at 3.40 am on June 6 this year.
There was a short altercation after which Mr Walters ran off but was chased down, punched to the ground, and kicked in the head. A horrified witness from a fast food shop saw his head moving as it was being kicked.
Mr Walters suffered a chipped tooth, bleeding from one ear, bruises all over his face and upper body, and is still unable to work because of depression and anxiety induced by the assault.
Jeans told police he had been drinking since 3 pm that afternoon and both men rated themselves between seven and nine on a scale of drunkenness.
Mr Peter Seigne, for Tribble, said he had a good job and is a young father with a mortgage but could lose his home if sent to jail. He said he is full of remorse for what he did.
Mr Warren Robinson, for Jeans, said he worked for his father’s building firm and has saved up £650 to pay in compensation. He said his remorse is genuine.