BREAKING: Louth man Craig Chappell jailed after violent attack

Craig Chappell was jailed for two years. EMN-150619-144234001
Craig Chappell was jailed for two years. EMN-150619-144234001

A man who repeatedly kicked his victim in the head during an attack outside a Louth pub was today (Friday June 19) jailed for two years.

Craig Chappell, 29, was caught on CCTV as he assaulted Jason Blow in the beer garden area of the Turks Head.

Lincoln Crown Court heard a witness to the attack in January this year saw Chappell kick Mr Blow to the head three times after pulling him to the ground. As the witness walked away she heard more kicks being delivered.

The court was told Mr Blow had a weakened skull after previously undergoing brain surgery following an illness but “mercifully” avoided serious injury in the attack by Chappell.

Mr Blow was helped to his feet by his brother, Daniel, who had just left the pub following an incident involving Chappell in the doorway.

Adam Pearson, prosecuting, said: “Fortunately Jason Blow was not as seriously injured as might have been. He had scrapes and cuts to his elbow, and a cut to the back of his head.”

Mr Pearson told the court Jason Blow remembered little about the attack except being in an ambulance.

In a victim impact statement which was read out in court Mr Blow said he was trying his best to rebuild his life but the incident had “ruined his confidence” and left him feeling anxious.

The court heard Chappell carried out the attack while on bail for another assault nearly a year earlier when he punched the father of his half sister.

The man suffered a fractured eye socket as a result of the punch and a nasty cut to his shoulder when he fell back against a car door.

David Eager, mitigating, told the court Chappell had pleaded guilty to both offences and was sorry.

“My client is going to prison, he know’s he is going to prison,” Mr Eager added.

Chappell, of Keddington Road, Louth, pleaded guilty to one offence of causing grievous bodily harm on 15 January, 2014, and a second charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to Mr Blow on 2 January, this year.

Passing sentence Judge John Pini QC told Chappell the attack on Mr Blow was serious of its type.

“On 2 January this year Jason Blow was in the Turks Head in Louth,” Judge Pini said. “He remembers very little of the violence you subjected him to.”

Judge Pini added: “There were three kicks to the head.”