Man jailed for assault - Leighton Buzzard


A man leading a disfunctional lifestyle, who took part in an assault in Leighton Buzzard was told by a Judge that the public were fed up with 'his sort of thuggery.'

Jayce Woodman, aged 24 was jailed for 16 months at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 03 October 2014, after pleading guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and breaching a conditional discharge.

Paul Shaw, prosecuting, said that on 05 July this year the 32-year-old victim of the assault was with his girlfriend on their way to get a taxi. At first he was accosted by two men, but then others joined in. CCTV footage showed that while he was on the ground Woodman lifted his head and punched him four times, then let his head fall to the ground. He then delivered a kick to his head.

The victim was unconscious for a short while and was found to have a hairline fracture to his jaw, which left him only able to feed on liquidised food for several days, said Mr. Shaw.

Woodman, who was wearing a distinctive top was arrested nearby. The defendant, who has no fixed address and 'sofa surfs' at friend's homes, had previous convictions for assaults and disorderly behaviour.

David Healey, defending said: "He has problems with alcohol, substance abuse and mental health issues. He was not out with the others involved in the attack and cannot explain how he got involved."

Judge Richard Foster told Woodman: "You lead a disfunctional and disorderly life, but that is no excuse for this sort of behaviour. It is this sort of thuggery in town centres which the public are fed up with. You are fortunate the victim was not more seriously injured."

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