Thugs jailed after attacking men in Nelson
TWO 'immature' drunken yobs have both been locked up for a string of offences in which two men were attacked and left injured.
Callum Thomas and his lifelong friend Jordan Wilcox, both 21, were born 16 days apart and were partners in crime. Both were 'too ready' to use violence when they had been drinking, Burnley Crown Court heard.
The hearing was told how Thomas had smashed a man's teeth in at a party in Colne, because he thought people were laughing at him.
He and his accomplice then raided a home before Wilcox beat up a totally innocent middle-aged man who was picking up litter in Walverden Park in Nelson.
In the sustained and vicious onslaught, Wilcox punched stranger Alan Lee, 44, in the face, knocked him to the ground, carried on hitting him, kicked him in the head, stamped on his head three times and rifled through his pockets, in front of horrified onlookers. Thomas stood by and shouted encouragement.
The defendants have both started jail terms - Thomas was given 34 months by Recorder Kevin Talbot, while his accomplice received two years.
Thomas, of Cooper Street, and Wilcox, of Charles Street, both Nelson, each admitted burglary and assault. Thomas also pledged guilty to wounding.
Prosecutor Andrew Petterson said at the early hours party on March 30, Thomas punched his victim in the nose and knocked him out. He then left. The victim went to hospital and was found to have two severely chipped upper front teeth, an injury to his lip which needed stitching, two black eyes and possibly a smashed nose. He may be left scarred.
On May 25, both defendants burgled a house on Rutland Street, Nelson, and stole a £160 laptop. On June 9, the attack in the park took place. Police, alerted by passers-by, arrived.
Richard Taylor, defending both Wilcox and Thomas said: “Both have an awful lot of growing up to do.They are immature and both of them drink too much and offend too much.”