High Street ban for attack thug

BAN Darren Langridge
BAN Darren Langridge

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THE courts have banned a man from Gosport High Street after he attacked someone, kicking and stamping on his unconscious victim.

Darren Langridge set upon Paul Helme after the pair got into a row outside Ocean Breeze take-away, in Gosport.

Both men had been drinking in the nearby Emma’s nightclub earlier in the evening and when Mr Helme made a remark about Langridge’s girlfriend he headbutted him, knocking him to the ground.

The 24-year-old then punched and kicked Mr Helme in the head, shouting: ‘You’re lucky I don’t kill you. You’ll remember my name, my name is Darren.’

Passers-by dragged Langridge away as he continued the assault.

Mr Helme was left with cuts and bruises to his head and needed 15 stitches to a cut just above his left eye.

Langridge, who has epilepsy and receives disability allowance, was jailed for a year but will be out in six months.

But once he is free he will not be able to cause trouble in Gosport High Street after a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court gave him a drinking banning order, stopping him from going to the area between 7pm and 4am for 18 months.

If he ignores the ban he can be arrested and face further punishment.

Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘This was an offence of serious street violence, fuelled by alcohol.

‘This court, like many courts in the country, has numerous cases of this nature where people come out of nightclubs drunk, fight and cause serious injuries.

‘It is far too prevalent.

‘The injuries the man sustained are significant. He could easily have had a very serious injury to his eye.

‘There’s no doubt at all 15 stitches must have been very painful for him.

‘I take the view that this offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified for it.’

Langridge, of West Street, Titchfield, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The court heard he has previous convictions, including one for assault.

Kathryn Drummond, defending, said: ‘He has expressed a great deal of remorse.

‘He regrets his reaction. He feels his actions were excessive.

‘He is wholly disappointed in the way that he behaved in that situation.

‘He understands there must have been an impact on Mr Helme for the injuries which he suffered.’

The attack happened at about midnight on August 3.