Judge brands yob a disgrace

Jailed for GBH - Shaun Calter
Jailed for GBH - Shaun Calter

AN aggressive attacker, described in a character reference as a “role model”, was branded “a disgrace” by a judge.

Recorder Guy Mathieson told Shaun Calter that CCTV footage showed that he was someone who because of a perceived grievance was prepared to used a horrific amount of force after sneaking up behind his victim.

The victim, David Grant, had no recollection of the February 9 incident in Ashton-in-Makerfield and awoke in hospital. He had to undergo surgery to have plates inserted in his broken jaw and has ongoing problems. Jailing Calter for 16 months the judge said that references referred to him as a “loyal, loving friend, neighbour and father. One phrase that leaps out is ‘he is an excellent role model’.

“No, you are not, you are a disgrace young man,” said Recorder Mathieson.

He said that if the woman character referee had seen the CCTV footage she would not have written such a testimonial. “You are a hard worker which makes the casual use of violence you succumbed to all the more perplexing. It is a mystery to me why you acted in the way you did and it is a disgrace. You are out of control.”

He pointed out that everyone else at the scene leapt forward to help the victim. “You calmly walked away taking your take away food, job done. You thought that he got exactly what he deserved. You didn’t mean to cause him that much harm, you wanted to teach him a lesson, it is horrific.”

Calter, 32, of Belmont Avenue, Bickershaw, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Leanne Birkett, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court that Mr Grant, described as ‘shy’,had been out socialising with his parents and ended up in Mad Jacks night club, which was his last memory.

Martyn Walsh, defending, said that Calter, who has no previous convictions for violence, had expressed remorse and admitted what he had done. Calter said he had exchanged words with Mr Grant in the night club and when he saw him later something was said which was why he inflicted a single blow, said Mr Walsh.