Jail for man guilty of breeze block attack

Banbury Foyer on George Street

Banbury Foyer on George Street

A man who admitted hitting a security guard over the head with a breeze block has been jailed for 28 months.

Daniel Walsh, of Marlborough Road, Banbury, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court last Thursday.

He had previously pleaded guilty to one count of racially aggravated assault causing actual bodily harm.

The 22-year-old attacked Ayjaz Hanif, a security guard at Banbury Foyer sheltered accommodation in George Street, on April 5 this year, leaving Mr Hanif with cuts and bruising to his head.

The court heard that the defendant arrived at the Foyer at about 6.30am, having been out in the town the evening before when he met a woman who lived at the shelter.

The pair had stayed at a friend’s house before the three of them went back to the shelter. When they arrived the woman greeted Mr Hanif, which Walsh perceived as him flirting with her.

Walsh asked Mr Hanif for a private word outside.

While at the front of the property, Walsh became aggressive and the pair began to grapple, during which the defendant was being abusive and making racist remarks.

During the scuffle, Walsh picked up half a breeze block from the ground and hit Mr Hanif over the head with it before the fight eventually fizzled out.

Claire Fraser, defending, argued for a suspended sentence.

She said: “He has had a particularly difficult childhood and early years and has medical problems as a result of this.

“He’s keen to receive certainly counselling or some sort of assistance. He recognises he has got problems with the way he thinks and reacts – maybe that cycle won’t be broken until he gets that assistance.”

Walsh was also sentenced for one count of assault causing actual bodily harm, which took place in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, in August last year.

The Melton Mowbray attack saw the victim receive kicks to his body and face, knocking out one tooth and leaving him unconscious.

Judge Mary Jane Mowat sentenced Walsh to 16 months in prison for the Leicestershire offence and 12 months for the subsequent Banbury one.

He will serve half the time, including the time already spent in custody, and will then be released on licence.




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