Jail for thug over glass and headbutt attack in street

A THUG has been jailed over a drunken unprovoked street attack he carried out on two brothers.

A court heard Jack McCann threw a pint glass at victim James Carter before headbutting him, causing him to lose a tooth.

McCann, 20, was sent to a young offenders institution for eight months over the attack, which took place in Ossett town centre on December 13 last year.

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Leeds Crown Court heard McCann had been in a pub on Bank Street earlier in the evening when he had seen the brothers.

James Carter and his brother Andrew were also in the pub and McCann confronted them as they left.

Philip Adams, prosecuting, said McCann walked up to Andrew and told him he did not like him. The brothers ignored McCann and he shouted at them and warned them to leave the area.

McCann approached the brothers a short distance away in a precinct. McCann told James that he was going to knock him out before throwing a pint glass at him.

The glass hit James on the side of the head. McCann then walked up to him and headbutted him on the mouth.

Mccann punched Andrew in the face when he went to intervene.

The disturbance was seen by a doorman who detained McCann while the brothers walked away.

Mr Adams said James suffered a cracked tooth as a result of the headbutt and it had to be removed by a dentist.

McCann was arrested on January 12 this year and said he could not remember the incident because he was so drunk.

He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

The court heard he has previous convictions for assault and being drunk and disorderly.

John Wilkinson, mitigating, said McCann had fallen out with his long term girlfriend and had decided to go out and get drunk on the night of the incident.

Mr Wilkinson said McCann was hardworking and provided financial support to his family.

He said: “Society would be better off with him working and contributing to society.”

Jailing McCann, Recorder Henry Prosser said: “You were abusive and violent to people in the street at night and it is the sort of incident which members of the public find quite appalling.

“It is terrible that people can’t walk around Ossett at night without being assaulted by someone who is in effect a stranger.

“I have come to the conclusion, reluctantly, that there really is no alternative to an immediate term of custody, but I make the sentence as short as I can.”