Unprovoked attack on a passer-by

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN man who launched an unprovoked attack on a passer-by was ordered to pay £100 to the teenage victim.

Adam Lotfi El-Sayed pleaded guilty to the assault by beating at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court this week.

The 27-year-old of Snowden Avenue, Wigan, landed a number of punches on the 16-year-old who sustained injuries to the neck and head, the court heard.

Mike Ardern, prosecuting, said: “The victim was walking with a friend on the way to the friend’s address when they came across the defendant.

“Certain remarks were exchanged but the assault was unprovoked.

“The victim took several punches to the ribs and to the face.

“El-Sayed did not accept what had happened when he was arrested and when he first appeared at court but he then changed his plea to guilty. The victim did not require medical attention.”

The court was told that El-Sayed has suffered with long-standing mental health issues.

Martin Jones, defending, said: “My client will not receive full credit for his plea but he saw sense. He told me he cannot dispute the Crown’s case.

“He is a troubled man, a difficult man to deal with at times but he is capable of following instructions.”

El-Sayed received a community order for six months which includes a supervision requirement.

He was ordered to pay a fine of £10 and £100 compensation to the victim.

The presiding magistrate said: “We appreciate that you have mental health issues and this has been reflected in our decision but you cannot behave in this way.

“There will be no victim surcharge to pay because we are making the compensation to the victim a priority in this case.”