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Thug broke leg of grandad in attack outside city pub

THE wife of a 70-year-old grandad whose leg was broken in two places in an unprovoked assault said of his attacker: ‘He’s disgusting.’

Jimmy Johnson, 24, set upon Cyril Francis, known as Sampi, in a drunken rage twice outside the Mars pub in Church Path North, Portsmouth.

Grandad-of-17 Mr Francis was in hospital for five days, had to undergo an operation and have his leg pinned.

His leg is still in plaster more that two months after the attack.

Johnson, of Leominster Road, Paulsgrove, Portsmouth, was jailed for two years and two months after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Francis’s wife of 30 years Teresa, 57, said: ‘I don’t think he got long enough for what he’s done.’

Retired nurse Mrs Francis said of the effect the attack has had on her husband: ‘He’s never been in hospital in his life – that’s the first time.

‘He was in for five days. It nearly killed him mentally and physically. It’s made a big impact on the family.

‘He’s only just started going up and down the stairs without his stick. He does everything for the family.

‘He looks after the family, that’s what he does, and it was taken away from him.’

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Johnson initially attacked Mr Francis by punching him in the face in the Mars pub.

Johnson said he had lost his mobile phone and Mr Francis had offered to help him find it shortly before he was assaulted.

Johnson then followed Mr Francis out of the pub where he attacked him on September 17.

Howard Barrington-Clark, defending, said of Johnson: ‘He’s truly, truly remorseful. It doesn’t help the victim in any way but through me he does tender his apology.’

Judge Roger Hetherington, sentencing, said: ‘As offences of that type go, this was one of the most serious in my judgment.’

Speaking of the impact on Mr Francis, Judge Hetherington said: ‘In addition to the considerable permanent discomfort necessitated, apart from anything else, by having to have the leg pinned in operations, it’s left him with a significant loss of self-esteem, depression and deprivation of his ordinary life in many respects.

‘Not sleeping, not being able to play with his grandchildren and so forth, so the consequences of this assault have been particularly serious.’

 

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