A DRUNKEN teenager out celebrating his 18th birthday who kicked another reveller unconscious in Burton town centre has been locked up by a judge.
Security cameras near Burton librarym off High Street, filmed Samuel Fearn repeatedly kicking Matthew Hilton as he lay helpless on the floor.
No-one knows why the scuffle between them started, but Judge Simon Tonking blamed the fact that both were extremely drunk.
The video footage showed Mr Hilton staggering along the pavement and then grappling with the defendant. Both men crashed to the floor in the middle of the road but Fearn got up and booted the prone victim three times before delivering one final running kick.
The 18-year-old, of Sorrel Drive, Woodville, who admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm, was sent to youth custody for eight months.
Judge Tonking told him: “July 25 was your 18th birthday. Next day you went out celebrating. You had an enormous amount to drink. Your pre-sentence report speaks of a quantity of alcohol which really indicates you were wholly out of control.
“You and Mr Hilton had some kind of altercation which turned violent.
“You punched Mr Hilton in the face.
“You were standing and you kicked him, not one kick. You kicked him violently to the body and his face. There is a short gap before the last kick, obviously administered to that young man with great force.
“You then left him lying on the ground, unconscious. It is remarkable is injuries are as slight as they are. Very often cases like this end up with a man in the dock facing a charge of murder.”
Paul Farrow, prosecuting, said Mr Hilton could not recall any conversation with the defendant - the next thing he remembered is waking up in an ambulance.
Steve Hennessy, defending, said: “He is appalled this should be his introduction to adulthood.
“He committed an extreme act which is entirely out of character.”