Published: 00:01, 14 March 2018
A drunken thug who viciously attacked two men and a woman in a town centre has been jailed for 10 months.
Cameron Walters caused a fracture to the left wrist of Joshua Edwards, as well as cuts and bruises.
Maidstone Crown Court heard Walters had been causing a disturbance at a taxi rank near the Zee Bar in Tunbridge Wells High Street in the early hours of August 14, 2016.
Mr Edwards, Adam Donovan and Eve Thompson were leaving the club to go to the train station when they saw Walters having an altercation with a cabbie.
Prosecutor Craig Evans said Mr Edwards said something to Walters and was then assaulted by him. The two others intervened and were also attacked.
Mr Edwards fell to the ground and was then kicked in the head by Walters.
The 26-year-old father left the scene but was arrested by police, who were nearby.
Mr Evans said Mr Edwards was treated in hospital for the fracture, as well as cuts and bruises to his face and ribs. He was left with a scar under his right eye.
His arm was put in plaster and he was unable to work for 10 weeks as a self-employed carpenter and lost £9,500, finding it difficult to pay bills.
Walters, of Station Road, Edenbridge, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm and two other assault offences.
Submitting a suspended sentence could be imposed, John Greany, defending, said prison would impact on Walters’ three children, the youngest of whom was five months.
“His partner relies on his earnings to a significant extent,” said Mr Greany.
“There has been a restriction on him entering the town centre for 18 months. If he stays in work he can pay compensation.”
But Judge Philip St John-Stevens said there had to be immediate imprisonment.
There had been use of a weapon, he said, in the form of a “shod foot”.
A witness had described Walters taking a running kick at Mr Edwards’ head.
“You and anyone must understand violence such as this will not be tolerated by the court,” said Judge St John-Stevens.
“There must be a custodial sentence.”
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