Jail for Stourbridge man who punched lecturer to the floor in town centre bar

A 40-YEAR-OLD Wollaston man who punched a lecturer to the floor before brutally kicking and stamping on his head in a Stourbridge pub because he felt he swore at a woman has been jailed for a year.

Judge Martin Walsh at Wolverhampton Crown Court told Russell Bishop that Dean Hollyoak accepted he had been "rude" to the woman in the Chequers in the town centre after she was served before him by a barman.

He said that was the "trigger" for the violence used by Bishop who, he added, could have caused "catastrophic" injuries to his victim as he lay unconscious on the floor of the High Street pub.

Mr Hollyoak was "minding his own business" when he was attacked, the Judge said, and it was only down to good fortune that injuries he suffered were not serious.

Bishop barged up the Mr Hollyoak and shouted: "So your're the sort of bloke who likes to swear at women" before striking him several times about the head - Andrew Barnfield, prosecuting, said.

He told the court Mr Hollyoak hit his head on the bar before he was pulled backwards and while on the floor Bishop stamped on him and kicked him to the forehead.

The victim, added Barnfield, suffered bruising to his head, was off work for two weeks as a result of the incident and he now felt nervous about venturing into Stourbridge.

Bishop, of Dorset Road, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and it was a case of "actions first thoughts later,” Delroy Henry, defending, said.

He said Bishop, who had no previous convictions for violence, misunderstood the situation and it was fortuitous the injuries sustained by Mr Hollyoak had been "relatively minor."

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