Thug jailed for violent attacks

Dayl Harrison

Dayl Harrison

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A thug who attacked both men and women in a series of unprovoked violent bouts has been jailed for four years.

Dayl Harrison, 21, of Marlborough Street, Chorley, bit, glassed, punched and kicked his male victims, while spitting in the face of, punching and stamping on women in four incidents.

Judge Andrew Woolman said Harrison committed an “appalling catalogue of offences” fuelled by drink and drugs.

The court heard how Harrison first attacked a couple in Chorley town centre on August 15, 2010.

Antony Longworth, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said a man and his girlfriend were walking along Market Street when the defendant picked a fight with the man and said ‘what are you looking at?’

The man tried to walk away but Harrison squared up to him and pushed him backwards.

Mr Longworth said: “The defendant put one hand round the back of his head, forced his head into his own and clamped his teeth around his nose and bit him as hard as he could, so he caused a wound and drew blood.”

When the victim’s girlfriend confronted Harrison he grabbed hold of her, punched her in the side of the head and spat in her face.

The second offence took place on August 25, 2010, when a woman who was a friend of the defendant’s parents was asked to look after their dogs.

She arrived at the home and found a drunk Harrison with a group of friends at the house.

During the night Harrison took hold of rosary beads which belonged to the woman and while playing with them, broke them.

When she confronted him he threw the beads at her head, pushed her backwards into a radiator, grabbed her arm and threw her onto a settee, before punching her to the left side of her face at least three times. He then dragged her onto the floor and stamped on her, ignoring the attempts of a friend who was trying to stop the assault.

Mr Longworth said: “He shoved his fingers into her eyes and dragged her by her hair along the floor and into the street.”

It left the woman with cuts to her mouth, face and head, lumps and bruises to her head, jaw and arms.

The third incident happened on October 29, 2010, at the Prince of Wales pub in New Market Street, Chorley when Harrison shouted threats at a former friend in the pub, whom he had a grudge against because he had not helped him in a previous fight.

The manager of the pub attempted to calm Harrison down, but he continued shouting, and after buying a pint at the bar, he turned on a customer who had also urged him to settle down, swinging a pint glass into the side of his face.

He suffered cuts by his eye, nose and mouth which required surgery and are likely to leave him with scars.

Harrison was arrested by police. However, he was again released on bail by magistrates, even though it was his third offence of violence and committed while he was on bail.

The fourth incident happened on August 10, 2011 when Harrison let himself into the house of his neighbour, who was at home with his family and was using a computer.

He hit him on the face ‘without a word’, dragged him to the floor, and kicked him while two men blocked the door so he could not escape.

Harrison pleaded guilty to three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of assault, common assault, inflicting grievous bodily harm and a breach of bail conditions.

He has previous convictions for battery, failing to comply with community orders, cannabis possession and threatening behaviour.

Mohammed Qazi, defending, said his client had experienced traumatic events that he tried to ‘block out’ with drink and drugs, which had led to “spontaneous bouts of violence”.

Judge Woolman handed Harrison four years in prison in total, minus 159 days spent on remand.