Man kicked victim in the head while on a drug ‘bender’

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THUG Thomas Chandler kicked a man in the head and threw his phone on a railway track.

The 23-year-old, of Bedford Street, Southsea, chanced upon the man in Lucknow Street, Landport, who he thought had made a remark to him.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Chandler was on a cocaine and alcohol-fuelled bender and had just the day before burgled two sheds.

Jailing him for 18 weeks, Recorder Rufus Taylor said: ‘It’s difficult to imagine a more serious battery.’

He added: ‘A man called Dyfan James was walking along the road just after 10 o’clock where you engaged him by saying something – “what are you doing on your phone”.

‘Then within two to three seconds you kicked him in the head.

‘That forced his phone to fly out his hands on to the railway track.

‘You then said to him “open your pockets, what have you got in your pockets” and tried to go through them.

‘He managed to walk away and soon reported to the police.’

Chandler was later identified by the victim in an identity parade.

The court heard the case originally started as a robbery but the CPS accepted his guilty pleas to battery and criminal damage on the morning of his trial.

Jeremy Wright, prosecuting, said Chandler burgled two sheds at Wilmcote House in Tyseley Road, Somers Town.

The court heard Chandler was with his brother, who received a conditional discharge from magistrates for the burglaries.

Mr Wright said the pair piled up a BMX bike, a red scooter with a motor, a child’s bike and an adult’s bike before being disturbed and running off.

He was arrested near the site of the burglaries on February 5.

Chandler has 31 convictions for 71 offences, the court heard.

He pleaded guilty to the two burglaries, criminal damage and battery.

Unyime Davies, defending, said he was on a ‘bender’ having taken alcohol and cocaine.

‘It resulted in him committing these offences,’ she said.