A THUG who left the imprint of his trainers on the back of man's head after stamping on him in a vicious, booze-fuelled street attack was caught when police spotted blood on his shoes.
Kurt John Lewis Hunter, aged 18, was locked up for a year after a court heard he attacked Christopher Wilby in Maltby High Street, Rotherham, last September.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Hunter was one of a group of four men who hid behind a tree and jumped out in front of Wilby and shouted 'boo' as he walked down the street listening to his MP3 player on the way to meet his girlfriend.
When Mr Wilby called him a rude name, Hunter, of Vale End Gardens, Doncaster, followed him and jumped him from behind.
Michael Rawlinson, prosecuting, said: "He was punched once in the nose and fell to the ground. Once on the ground he was stamped on with great force causing him a lot of pain.
"He was kicked to the back of the head and kicked in the face. He thinks he lost consciousness. He remembers waking up at home with the police and ambulance in attendance."
Mr Rawlinson said when Mr Wilby's girlfriend met him at the bus stop he was covered in blood. "He was shocked and disorientated and acting like he was drunk," he added.
"He had cuts and swelling to the facial area and markings consistent with a trainer footprint were found behind his left ear.
"Police searched the area and the defendant was arrested. He had blood on his trainers and was seen rubbing the blood off."
He added that Mr Wilby had suffered tinnitus and blackouts since the attack.
Hunter told police he had been drinking cider but claimed Mr Wilby had started the fight.
The court heard Hunter had four previous convictions for violence and was locked up in 2008 for assaulting a police officer.
And at the time of the street attack he was subject to a community order for a burglary.
Richard Thyne, defending Hunter who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm, said his offending was the result of alcohol misuse and associating with a peer group who egged him on.
"He has started to turn his life around," he said. "He wants to put these few years of alcohol-fuelled offending behind him."
Sending him to a young offenders' institution Judge Alan Goldsack QC said Hunter had a "worrying record for violence".
He said: "This was an unprovoked attack by you on another young man. It's fortunate his injuries were not more serious. As it was they were unpleasant."
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