Yob admits stamping on head of unconscious man

A MAN has admitted stamping on another man’s head while he lay unconscious after being punched at a Suffolk wedding reception.

Nik Easey was warned he was “highly likely” to face a prison term after pleading guilty yesterday at Ipswich Crown Court to actual bodily harm on Anthony Atkinson at Ufford Park Hotel in Melton, near Woodbridge.

Although two witnesses told police they had seen Easey, of Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, stamp on Mr Atkinson’s head on four or five occasions, the 24-year-old only admitted to stomping on him twice.

The attack occurred around 1.30am on April 17.

At the time Mr Atkinson, from Kent, was said to have sustained a fractured cheekbone during the incident.

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Police also said he needed four stitches inserted in a cut to the top of his head.

The assault happened after a group of drunken men, who were talking loudly, became involved in an argument.

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The situation escalated and Mr Atkinson was punched once to the head.

As he lay on unconscious on the floor Easey stamped on his head.

Andrew Shaw, representing Easey at his Ipswich Crown Court plea and case management hearing, said his client was adamant this only happened on two occasions.

The court heard Easey has two previous convictions, but had done a great deal to turn his life around.

Mr Shaw said he acknowledged the case was a serious one and asked that it be adjourned for a full report to be prepared on Easey prior to his sentencing.

Easey also pleaded guilty to a second charge of damaging various items of property at Ufford Park.

Before releasing Easey on bail, Judge David Goodin told him: “This offence of stamping – on your account of it – twice on the head of an unconscious man is a serious one.”

The judge added it was highly likely that Easey would lose his liberty as a result.

The case was adjourned until January 10 for sentencing.

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