Thug kicked and stamped on unconscious man in brawl at Festival Leisure Park hotel

Thug kicked and stamped on unconscious man in brawl at Basildon hotel <i>(Image: google/newsquest)</i>
Thug kicked and stamped on unconscious man in brawl at Basildon hotel (Image: google/newsquest)

A THUG kicked and stamped on a “unconscious and defenceless” man in a brawl at a Basildon hotel.

Ian Dorrington, 54, and two other men left the victim with a broken nose, fractured jaw and other injuries in the attack inside Premier Inn, at Festival Leisure Park, on June 26, 2019.

He appeared at Southend Crown Court for sentencing yesterday where the court heard Dorrington, of Thornton Way, Basildon, has an “awful” criminal record with a number of violent offences.

His accomplice Stephen Smith, 43, of Innes Close, Wickford, was jailed in August last year for two years and four months for his involvement in the incident.

Prosecuting, David Ryan said: “The victim suffered a broken nose, facial bruising and was knocked unconscious.

“The victim was completely defenceless on the ground and was staying at the hotel with his family for a wedding.

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“The victim noticed a couple arguing and intervened and an argument started with the group and it continued into the hotel.”

The court was shown CCTV footage of the attack in which Dorrington kicked the man while he was laying on the floor by one of the hotel entrances.

Mitigating, Austin Stoton told the court Dorrington has made efforts to turn his life around and taken on work as a painter and decorator.

He said: “He is genuinely remorseful and has suffered Covid and mobility-related issues.

“He had some difficulty coming to terms with what he had done but now he is appalled. He fell into the error of thinking his daughter had been spat at.

“He had an awful record and has tried as best as possible to get his life back on track.”

Sentencing, Judge Samantha Leigh said: “You had been drinking and that does play a part in all your offending.

“He was completely unconscious and defenceless when you kicked and stamped on him. You were not the main person and you have numerous previous convictions.”

He was handed a two-year sentence suspended for two years, must complete 60 hours’ unpaid work and 60 days of rehabilitation activity requirement, and pay £1,000 compensation to the victim.

Gary Delaney, 36, of Winifred Road, Basildon, is due to be sentenced for causing actual bodily harm on February 17 for his involvement in the incident.