You decided to plead not guilty and blame the offence on somebody entirely different in order, I suspect, to cloud the view of the jury with respect to who was the primary perpetrator. They clearly saw through that and were satisfied so that they are sure that you are the person guilty of the offence. It was an unprovoked violent episode against a man who was seated on a sofa and who was not undertaking any kind of action by way of either provocation or anything else that would warrant any kind of assault taking place. Your account was foolhardy in my assessment, your defence again, in my assessment, was a smokescreen and no more.
Your previous convictions regrettably read abysmally. You were first convicted in 1990 before the Youth Court in Douglas for an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, ABH. You were then convicted of other matters but another wounding with intent, this time an offence in 1996, for which you received three years imprisonment. And I note that the Crown Court at Manchester made an Order that a baseball bat and bricks be forfeited. I can only assume from that that those were the weapons used in the commission of that offence. Next violent offence, 2009, ABH for which you received 30 months imprisonment consecutive to a term which had already been imposed. There are further offences taking place, public order offences, criminal damage, etc., breaches of Court Orders as well. Failing to surrender to the custody of the Court, possession of drugs and then in 2007 you are convicted again for GBH, this time receiving a custodial term of 15 months. Further offending took place, you're quite a regular attender before these Courts. An offence from July 2009, assaulting a Police Constable, for which you received six months imprisonment. An offence in December 2009, ABH, for which you received 22 months imprisonment. Further offending taking place continuously effectively. An offence of assaulting a Police Constable from July 2013, for which you were sentenced the following month, six months imprisonment. An offence for which you were sentenced in May 2014, GBH, for which you received two years two months, with an extended sentence of two years as well. That must have been a grave offence for the Judge to have assessed you as someone who was dangerous and who was liable to commit further violent offences. That Judge was clearly right in the assessment made because, during the term of the unexpired period of your sentence on that occasion, the sentence expiry date being the 16th of June 2018, licence expiring on the 1st of November 2017, you committed this offence.