Man jailed for Christmas Eve attack - Borehamwood


A Borehamwood man was jailed for 9-months on Friday, 04 May 2012 for a drunken Christmas Eve attack which left a man needing surgery on his spine.

Edward Jones, 26, had downed 20 cans of beer and drunk spirits when he attacked Lee Murphy outside the Crown Pub in Borehamwood in 2009. He hit his victim on the back of the head and pushed him to the ground where he punched him again before running off, St Albans Crown Court heard.

For the Crown Prosecution Service, Gavin Pottinger said Mr Murphy was off work for a year having had an operation for a prolapsed disc. He said he had now made a full recovery.

Jones of Kenilworth Road, Borehamwood, pleaded guilty on the day of his trial to wounding.

Defence barrister Stephanie Ward said there was a question of the victim having a pre-existing condition before the attack. The cause of his spine injury had led to a delay in the case coming to court. But she said: "Mr Jones made no excuses for what he did. He is disgusted with himself. He has no recollection of what he did as he was so drunk, having consumed so much alcohol. He can't believe he did what he did." She said Jones, who was on Job Seekers' Allowance, had previously worked as a gardener. He had two children and had been with his partner for 8-years.

Jailing him, Judge Stephen Warner told him: "You encountered the victim outside in the street and deliberately attacked him. This sort of violence is unacceptable."

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