A Doncaster teenager who attacked a man outside a town-centre supermarket has been convicted of grievous bodily harm, thanks to help from members of the public who responded to a CCTV appeal.
Lewis Henfrey, of Top Road, Barnby Dun, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) against a 23-year-old man on Monday, December 8, between North Bridge and Church View, near to the Tesco supermarket in Doncaster town centre.
Henfrey punched the man, knocking him to the floor and causing serious head injuries which he has still not completely recovered from.
CCTV images were released of the suspect at the time of the assault, although it was not known it was Henfrey.
Information was received via social media following the appeal that identified Henfrey, and gave officers new lines of enquiry to follow up as part of the investigation and begin building a strong case against him.
He was arrested and charged with inflicting GBH within four days of the incident taking place.
He entered a guilty plea on Monday, January 16, at Sheffield Crown Court and was sentenced on Thursday, 19 March to 20-months in a young offenders’ institute.
Detective Sergeant Andy Knowles said: “The CCTV images released were not of the best quality, however we will always make every effort to try and identify the offender and we have to work with what we have and call on the public to ask for their help.
“Someone, somewhere, will recognise something about the offender in a CCTV picture, whether it’s the build of a person or the clothing they are captured wearing, there is a value to releasing these images.
“Had it not been for these images and the information provided that led to the identification of Henfrey, we may not have been able to build such a strong and overwhelming case against him, which in turn played a crucial part in securing his guilty plea.
“I would like to thank the public who assisted in this case and I hope the victim and his family now feel some form of justice has been served.”