A young Dunstable boxer who beat up another teenager, punching him to the ground and kicking him in the face, has been sentenced to 18 months custody after Lawton’s Stuart Sprawson told a court “He is a fine young man but accepts full responsibility for a vicious attack on this occasion.”


Mr Sprawson told Luton Crown Court “A number of people have written references to the court speaking of how out of character his behaviour was. The attack was over in seconds, but he fully accepts he was responsible for the injuries.”


He said he played a supportive role for his mother, who has been diagnosed as bi-polar, and a younger brother.


The images of his victim’s battered face caused shock and revulsion when they appeared on Facebook last year.


And it was also through Facebook that the victim was able to identify his attacker, the court was told.


The 19 year old was sentenced to 18 months custody, having pleaded guilty to assaulting his victim causing him grievous bodily harm (GBH).


Judge Barbara Mensah told the defendant: “This was a completely unprovoked attack which caused serious injuries. It has had not just a physical, but an emotional impact on the victim.”


Luton Crown Court was told that the slightly built victim suffered a broken nose, a fractured eye socket and cheek bone, plus severe bruising and swelling.


He had surgery to his nose, which has not been fully straightened, and stitches to a cut above his eye.


The court was told the victim and a female friend were cycling into Dunstable on September 29 last year at about 4pm to get a burger.


On the way he saw a girl he recognised from school with two males.


He stopped to speak to her, unaware that she was the defendant’s girlfriend.


After being insulted by the 19 year old, the court was told the victim turned around to walk away.


The prosecutor said: “He was then attacked from behind and was punched first to one temple and then the other. He felt dizzy and went to the ground.


“The defendant carried on his attack kicking him as he lay in the road to his head and body. He not only used his boxing skills to put him to the floor, he then kicked him with a shod foot.”


The defendant made off but later handed himself into the police after learning they were looking for him.