Portsmouth thug jailed for vicious attack on Good Samaritan

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A GOOD Samaritan was left battered and bruised after he stepped in to stop a rowing couple.

Simon Harrison didn’t know the pair but he intervened in an argument between Andi Lawrence and his partner Jade Harvey after a night out at Gunwharf Quays.

But Lawrence turned on him, punching Mr Harrison to the ground and then kicking him in the head.

The 21-year-old has been jailed for the attack which left his victim, who is in his 40s, with two black eyes and needing stitches to a cut lip.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard the couple had been drinking and Lawrence, a dad-of-one, lost his temper after finding a text message from another man on his partner’s phone.

Lawrence was arrested after lashing out in front of other pub-goers and told police Mr Harrison had been pestering him and ‘getting in his face’.

Prosecutor Matthew Jewell said: ‘They were having an argument when Mr Harrison saw what was going on and went over to try to deal with the situation.’

Louise Howard, defending, asked the judge to give Lawrence treatment for his alcohol use and domestic abuse rather than jail him.

She said: ‘He is a young man who is somebody who has shown himself to be a productive member of the community who on this particular occasion, amid the break-up of his relationship, momentarily slipped.’

Lawrence, of Ashford Close, Wymering, Portsmouth, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

The court heard he has previous convictions for violent offences.

Jailing him for nine months Judge Sarah Munro QC said: ‘You are 21 years of age, yet despite that you have managed to accumulate four previous court appearances, all for offences of violence.

‘You are now before the court for another unpleasant offence in which you caused extremely unpleasant injuries to Mr Harrison.

‘You were both drunk. You had a drink-fuelled argument in the street, caused by your jealousy over finding a text message from another man on her phone.

‘There was a tussle between you, you took her phone and threw some money at her for a taxi.’

The judge said that when Mr Harrison intervened Lawrence lost it.

‘You totally over-reacted by punching him to the ground,’ she said.

‘You were also seen, most seriously, to kick him when he was on the ground.’