Victim ‘feared for life’ in attack

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A man who was butted and punched at a Sheffield petrol station thought he was going to die, a court heard.

Luke Tong had suffered a serious head injury just a few months before in an unrelated attack, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

As he queued with others outside the kiosk at Halfway service station on New Year’s Day, he was assaulted by 23-year-old Andrew Hudson.

Bev Tait, prosecuting, said Hudson had been drinking all evening and went to the station at 3am for more alcohol.

There was an argument and Hudson butted Mr Tong before punching him at least 10 times.

Mr Tong was knocked to the ground and suffered multiple bruising to his face, head and neck and tenderness to his jaw.

He was kept in hospital under observation because of the previous incident.

Hudson, of Croydon Street, Sharrow, who has 16 previous convictions for 36 offences, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Amy Earnshaw, for Hudson, said he had a drink problem and a short temper and was due to become a father.

His said his girlfriend had warned him their relationship was over if he troubled the courts again.

Recorder Felicity Davies deferred sentence for 12 weeks and told Hudson she would pass a suspended jail term if he was deemed suitable for a non-custodial sentence.

She said: “It was absolutely disgraceful behaviour.

“The victim of your aggression and violence was terrified for his life.”