Man jailed after ‘cowardly’ attack

Daniel Leake

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A SCARBOROUGH man has been jailed after a “disgraceful and cowardly” attack on another man as he sat chatting to his girlfriend.

Daniel Leake, 24, was caged for 30 months after repeatedly stamping on the head and face of Michael White.

York Crown Court heard the attack, on August 12, last year, left Mr White with several injuries, including a gash to the back of his head which later required eight stitches inserting at hospital.

Leake, of Sandybed Crescent, appeared before the court for sentencing, having previously pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding.

Prosecuting, James Kealey told how, at the time of the attack, four children had been in the premises and, although not witnessing the assault, did see the aftermath of a great deal of blood splattered around the kitchen.

Leake prevented the police from being immediately informed by snatching his ex-girlfriend’s mobile phone from her hand.

However, he later that same evening called back with the phone, again entering the flat, stating he was moving back in and trying to shake Mr White’s hand.

When the police did arrive, Leake told them he had been grabbed and it had been no more than a fist fight.

He also claimed all of the witnesses had been “making it up to get him into trouble.”

The court heard Leake has several convictions for violence, connected with his drinking habits, the most recent being a conviction for battery before Scarborough magistrates in May this year.

At the time of the attack on Mr White, Leake had been on bail for another matter and subject to a community order on another.

Mitigating, Glenn Parsons, said the recent death of Leake’s own child had brought him up short.

Mr Parsons added Leake had realised he was wasting his life by drinking and fighting.

Adding that for the last few months his client’s life had been somewhat out of control, Mr Parsons said Leake had never before served a custodial sentence.

Upon sentencing Leake, Recorder David Preston called the attack “disgraceful and cowardly”, with the wound to Mr White described as “serious and extremely nasty.”