Thug who stamped on helpless man’s head avoids jail after signing up for GCSEs

A teenager who was recorded CCTV viciously kicking on an unconscious man and stamping on his head has avoided jail after he claimed he was a changed man.

Samuel Banks, 18, assaulted a helpless man who had been knocked to the ground in a fight with another.

CCTV cameras captured the appalling crime as Banks raised his foot and smashed it into the victim's head in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset in May.

The 18-year-old was handed an 18-week sentence suspended for two years – after he signed up to take GCSE exams and claimed he was changed.

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Banks, of Malvern, Worcs., pleaded guilty to assault and was also told to complete 40 rehabilitation days, serve a 12-week curfew and pay £200 costs.

A court heard that the teenager relentlessly attacked the victim, who curled in the foetal position to try and defend himself, until he went limp.

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The brutal assault continued even when a friend of Banks’ tried to stop him, and only ended when police officers who happened to be driving by stopped to investigate.

Magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse were told that Banks then told officers he couldn't remember the attack – because he had been drunk.

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A pre-sentence report said the attacker was at high risk of re-offending but had made progress since the incident, including enrolling for GCSE classes.

He had also received an offer of labouring work in Birmingham and expressed remorse at the trial, saying he was a changed person.

Sentencing, chief of the bench, Lisa Lovett said: "You have been very lucky.

"This could have been a whole lot worse, so make sure to take the opportunity that has been given to you."

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