Bully who headbutted smaller boy goes to jail

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A MAN who turned into a violent bully when his little brother fell out with another schoolboy has been locked up for a year.

Liam James Smith headbutted a 15-year-old who got into a dispute with a classmate over a girl, Doncaster Crown Court was told.

The 22-year-old already had a record for assault and robbery and the judge told Smith he presented a high risk of serious harm to other people.

Unemployed Smith, of St Lawrence Road, Dunscroft, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm and was given a 12 -month prison term.

Prosecutor Carl Fitch said the victim went to meet Smith’s younger brother at a skate park in Thorne last month to discuss their falling out.

There had been rumours at school earlier that day that there would be a fight over a girl.

The complainant was grabbed around the throat by the older brother, who said to him: “Who do you think you are hitting my younger brother?”

Mr Fitch said Smith headbutted the 15-year-old, causing a one-inch gash to his forehead which needed hospital treatment. His nose was not broken as was first feared.

After his arrest Smith said he had heard about a fight involving his brother, but accepted the boy was a lot smaller than him.

“He said he was ashamed and wanted to apologise to the complainant, who says there is no blame attached to Smith’s younger brother.

“It was really a case of the defendant who took the situation into his own hands,” said Mr Fitch.

Defence solicitor Sarah Smith said the assailant recognised the impact he had on the victim and had demonstrated his remorse.

“He didn’t enter the park with the intent of causing the assault, he had gone there to place himself at the scene having heard there might be an altercation,” she said.

“He expects a custodial sentence and has come to court prepared for that.”

Judge Jacqueline Davies told Smith he had picked on someone a lot smaller than himself.

“You are somebody not afraid to use and participate in violence. I cannot, in view of your record and a shocking attack on a younger person, suspend the prison sentence,” she said.