Drunk Somercotes man jailed for street attacks

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A BOOZY Somercotes man involved in two street attacks - one of them on a schoolboy - has been locked up again.

Chesterfield magistrates were told on Wednesday that Kieron King insulted the 14-year-old boy and his female friends outside the Blockbuster store on High Street, Alfreton, on 11th February.

King (21) then punched him in the face, knocking him to the ground, jumped on top of him and punched his face another four or five times.

The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, told police a woman dragged King off and he took a swing at her too.

King was arrested and said he had drunk beer and spirits with pals after leaving work at 1pm that day.

“It was an unprovoked attack. He said everyone in Alfreton had got it in for him,” said Becky Mahon, prosecuting.

Magistrates watched CCTV footage of a disturbance on King Street, Alfreton, during the early hours of 22nd January.

A fight broke out among a group of young men in the middle of the road and a bottle was thrown at King.

He was then seen on top of a youth, punching him, and an unknown assailant also struck the victim while he was on the ground.

The unconscious victim was carried away from the scene by some girls, said Ms Mahon.

King told police he was too drunk to remember much about the the incident. He recalled getting into an argument but did not knowwhy or who it was with.

King, of Peterway, Somercotes, admitted charges of assault and using threatening behaviour.

He had previous convictions for assault, affray, damaging property and possessing an offensive weapon, and had served time in youth custody in the past.

The justices locked him up for a total of 12 weeks.

“I’m sorry. It won’t happen again. I’ve learned my lesson. I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol since then. I can’t handle my drink so I’m not going to bother with it,” King told the court.

He added: “With me being a DJ, custody will affect my career. I won’t have a job to come back to. It’s going to ruin my life.”