Punch left Burnley Hallowe’en man in coma

Punch left Burnley Hallowe’en man in coma

Punch left Burnley Hallowe’en man in coma

First published in News by , Court reporter

AN ANGRY father-of-two who knocked out a man because the music at a neighbouring Halloween party was too loud was lucky not to have killed his victim, a judge said.

Scott Grant, 40, whose children were sleeping in their then home on a ‘rough estate’, punched Berat Mjekiqi, known as Baz, who then dropped to the ground on Mere Court, Burnley.

A resident who saw the violence told police how the victim was lifted completely off his feet, landed on his back and smashed the back of his head on the road.

He said: “I heard the thud from the window as his head hit the floor. I was really concerned about Baz. People wanted to go out but were too scared.”

The town's crown court heard how Mr Mjekiqi, who was in fancy dress wearing a wig, make-up, a green top and leggings, was floored when he went outside at 11pm and was talking to friends. Grant's partner was said to have approached Mr Mjekiqi and shouted at him and the defendant then hit him. A melee, not involving Grant, who may have been shocked by his actions, then continued in the street.

The hearing was told the victim needed six stitches to his cheek, 10 stitches inside his mouth, suffered cuts and grazes and was permanently scarred.

Grant was arrested but lied to police as he had been told the victim was in a coma.

Judge Beverley Lunt blamed the defendant's partner for the incident escalating.

She imposed 16 months in jail, suspended for two years, on jobless Grant of Hargrove Avenue, Padiham. The defendant admitted wounding, last November 1.

The court was told Grant had a ‘very significant’ record, including convictions for police assault and wounding and had been to jail.

Hugh McKee, defending, said Grant went off the rails when he was younger, but had not committed any offences of violence since 2005.

Sentencing, Judge Lunt told Grant he had struck a ‘massive blow’.

She said: “If you had stayed in your home, none of this would have happened.

“You should thank your lucky stars that he didn't get killed when he hit his head on that pavement.

“You got drawn into this by the quite disgraceful conduct of other people. There are others who need to look to their behaviour and they should feel responsible. In my judgement, other people should be in that dock with you.”

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9:56am Wed 11 Jun 14

Steven Seagull says...

Another suspended sentence from Lunt for a thug who has previous for significant violence.

And now it appears that she's criticising the police for not doing their job.
Maybe she should concentrate on getting her own house in order before commenting on others.
Another suspended sentence from Lunt for a thug who has previous for significant violence. And now it appears that she's criticising the police for not doing their job. Maybe she should concentrate on getting her own house in order before commenting on others. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 21

11:28am Wed 11 Jun 14

localrover says...

Adsolutely disgraceful sentence, yet miss your council tax payment and they'll send you straight down!
Adsolutely disgraceful sentence, yet miss your council tax payment and they'll send you straight down! localrover
  • Score: 15

12:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Rovers til I cry says...

Speed on the motorway £ 10 Grand fine. Punch someone in to a coma , slapped wrist. You couldn't make it up.
Speed on the motorway £ 10 Grand fine. Punch someone in to a coma , slapped wrist. You couldn't make it up. Rovers til I cry
  • Score: 13

1:24pm Wed 11 Jun 14

noddy57 says...

Call that justice ? the man has previous for violence and his victim could easily have died. While judges hand out these pitiful lenient sentences to thugs in the community the lessons of one,s inexcusable actions will never be learnt` will they? l would suggest that Lunt be relieved of her duties as a presiding judge and hand out fixed penalties for dog fouling or some other public duty because she has not got a clue about meeting out justice for the victims .
Call that justice ? the man has previous for violence and his victim could easily have died. While judges hand out these pitiful lenient sentences to thugs in the community the lessons of one,s inexcusable actions will never be learnt` will they? l would suggest that Lunt be relieved of her duties as a presiding judge and hand out fixed penalties for dog fouling or some other public duty because she has not got a clue about meeting out justice for the victims . noddy57
  • Score: 9

4:59pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Truth will out says...

"The court was told Grant had a ‘very significant’ record, including convictions for police assault and wounding"

And yet he walks free. Perhaps if his next assault victim is one of Judge Lunt's family she might wake up and put him where he belongs.
"The court was told Grant had a ‘very significant’ record, including convictions for police assault and wounding" And yet he walks free. Perhaps if his next assault victim is one of Judge Lunt's family she might wake up and put him where he belongs. Truth will out
  • Score: 14

6:48pm Wed 11 Jun 14

juanbbien says...

Whats wrong with this women Judge Lunt does she ever hand out a sentence to fit the crime she's a bloody disgrace
Whats wrong with this women Judge Lunt does she ever hand out a sentence to fit the crime she's a bloody disgrace juanbbien
  • Score: 7

7:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Stone Island: says...

Agree with all the above comments. Judge Lunt is out of touch. When this thugs record is taken into consideration, his actions warrant an immediate jail term. No if's or but's.
Agree with all the above comments. Judge Lunt is out of touch. When this thugs record is taken into consideration, his actions warrant an immediate jail term. No if's or but's. Stone Island:
  • Score: 5

3:50pm Thu 12 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

The justice system-fit for purpose?
The justice system-fit for purpose? vicn1956
  • Score: 0

11:34pm Sun 15 Jun 14

bad boy grant says...

just like to put my fact across,NEVER judge a book by its cover,and for the low life,i suggest you should think about deleting it and for yous all who slates hounour beverley lunt,she is one of the best judges in the crown..so i suggest you keep yr oppions to yourself as 1 day u could be there yrself i.e dog fouling and council tax fool :)))) LIFE YOUR LIFES FOOLS
just like to put my fact across,NEVER judge a book by its cover,and for the low life,i suggest you should think about deleting it and for yous all who slates hounour beverley lunt,she is one of the best judges in the crown..so i suggest you keep yr oppions to yourself as 1 day u could be there yrself i.e dog fouling and council tax fool :)))) LIFE YOUR LIFES FOOLS bad boy grant
  • Score: 4

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