A TEENAGE thug who “jumped and stamped” on a railway worker’s face, causing him possible brain damage, has been locked up for over two years.
Jeroham Duncan, 19, of Mary’s Walk, Hyde Park, Sheffield, attacked Warren Wild near Carver Street in the city centre after their two groups of friends clashed.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Duncan punched Warren in the middle of his face before stamping on his head as he lay on the ground, leaving him unconscious for 15 minutes.
Witnesses described hearing a “loud crack” and seeing Warren “bleeding profusely” after the attack, which left him with a suspected forehead fracture and a “traumatic brain injury”.
Warren, a rail maintenance worker, spent six days in hospital being treated for his injuries and was forced to take six weeks off work while he recovered.
Duncan’s criminal career began aged 13 with a conviction for battery, the court heard, followed by sentences for robbery, assaulting a constable, threatening behaviour, common assault and knife possession.
Elizabeth Martin, prosecuting, said Warren had been drinking with work colleagues on May 23 last year, then visited clubs in Sheffield with friend Benjamin Dickson, meeting up with two girls during the evening.
Miss Martin said Warren had drunk around four pints of lager, and “six or seven” vodka and Red Bulls, before the four went to use a cash machine at around 1am.
They encountered Duncan, who was with two others, as they walked towards Carver Street.
“When they met there was some altercation between them,” she said, adding Warren and his pals were “forced to stop” by the “aggressive” Duncan.
Miss Martin said: “Mr Duncan went towards Mr Wild with his arm raised, and punched him in the face. The complainant then shoved him away, and both of them became entangled and fell to the floor.
“As the scuffle took place, Mr Duncan made gestures towards the complainant as if he was backing off, then jumped and stamped on Mr Wild’s head.”
She said Duncan fled up Carver Street, but was arrested by police 12 days later. He made no comment in interview, but was picked out in an identity procedure.
Miss Martin said Warren was taken to the Northern General Hospital, where medics found a “possible fractured front of the forehead”. “The injuries were consistent with a traumatic brain injury,” she added.
Judith Seabourne, defending, said alcohol “disinhibited” Duncan who “did something really stupid – he very much regrets it”.
Judge Graham Robinson, sentencing, told Duncan: “You stamped your foot down hard upon your victim’s face. It’s likely this incident has caused him much upset and distress.”
But the judge added: “You’re still a very young man, and drink played its part.”
Duncan, who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, was sentenced to two years and four months in a young offenders’ institution.