Jailed attacker’s sentence ‘sends strong message’

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A MAN has been sent back to jail for viciously attacking a pub drinker while out on prison licence.

Patrick Lemmon, 50, of Rapala Court, Eastbourne, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years for headbutting a 52-year-old man.

Lemmon appeared at Brighton Crown Court on Tuesday January 18 for sentencing after pleading not guilty to a charge of causing actual bodily harm during an incident at the Wheatsheaf Inn, Willingdon.

The jury took one hour to find him guilty.

After the case PC Kara Dangate said, “I am pleased with the sentence that Patrick Lemmon received.

“This was an unprovoked attack on an innocent man out enjoying himself with his friends in his local pub.

“Lemmon’s sentence sends out a strong message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

The assault happened at around 10pm on Sunday July 18 last year.

Lemmon was seen to headbutt the man, who then required hospital treatment for a large cut to his upper lip.

Police were called to the pub and Lemon was quickly arrested at the scene on suspicion of ABH.

He was on licence after being released early from a sentence for handling stolen plant and machinery.