Two teenagers have been jailed after leaving a student scarred for life in a attack at a birthday party.
Chris Hopkinson, aged 18, was left scarred after his face was battered to a bloody pulp as he celebrated a pal’s birthday.
A court heard he was knocked unconscious after Reece Hardy, 18, and 19-year-old Jordon Humphrey, 19, used his head as a ‘football’ as they stamped on him.
The attack took place last May as Mr Hopkinson and friends from Staveley, near Chesterfield, attended the party in the nearby village of Creswell.
Derby Crown Court heard Hardy and Humphrey were ‘spoiling for a fight’ as they attacked two other teenagers – punching one during the party at Creswell Social Centre, and striking another in the face outside the club, before turning their attention to Mr Hopkinson.
Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said the thugs knocked Mr Hopkinson to the ground and kicked him unconscious.
He said: “He was kicked by both men and a witness said it was like the volleying of a football and involved a stamping on the head.
Hardy, of Dover Street, Creswell, and Humphrey, of Linden Road, Creswell, admitted two counts of assault and one count of causing grievous bodily harm.
Sarah Brown, for Hardy, who was sentenced to 22 months in custody, said a combination of immaturity and alcohol were to blame for the attack.
Will Bennett, representing Humphrey, who was given a 20-month sentence, said he was drunk and is sickened by his actions.
Jailing the duo, Judge John Burgess said: “What you did was terrible.
“All you have to do is look at the photographs of this young man – look at the scarring.
“He will have to endure comments.
“People ask him what happened and he feels people who don’t know him question whether he is trouble.”
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Hopkinson, who is studying for his A-Levels at Netherthorpe School in Staveley, said: “There was so much blood. It was unreal.
“A few people from the area told me it looked like there had been a murder because there was so much blood in the road.
“I came round and police showed me a photo of my injuries. I was so shocked.
“After it happened I woke and it hurt and I couldn’t open my eyes because of the swelling.
“I am pleased these two have been dealt with.
“Now they have been sentenced, I want to put it all behind me and get on with my life.”