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Booze-fuelled yob locked up for vicious’ attack

PUBLISHED: 15:56 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 11:37 12 August 2010

A TEENAGER who carried out a vicious, drunken attack has been sentenced to youth detention for 15 months. Amir Bajraktari, 19,

A TEENAGER who carried out a vicious, drunken attack has been sentenced to youth detention for 15 months.

Amir Bajraktari, 19, attacked passerby Stephen Laws in Widmore Road, Bromley, on November 10, leaving him with several injuries including a multi-fractured nose.

At Croydon Crown Court on Monday, Bajraktari pleaded guilty to a charge of causing actual bodily harm.

Prosecuting, Sekenah Anson said the incident took place near Biba's nightclub.

Bajraktari, of Elmers End Road, Beckenham, was with his friends and began a motiveless onslaught on Mr Laws, knocking him to the floor, kicking him while he was down and stamping on his head.

Leslie Manley, defending, said Bajraktari was now horrified at his own conduct on that night, which had been the result of over-drinking.

She said: "He bitterly regrets what he did."

Judge Simon Pratt told Bajraktari: "This was a nasty, cowardly, attack which involved approaching him from behind and punching him to the ground.

"It is fortunate his injuries were not more significantly severe than they were, although his nose was broken several times.

"You were drunk and clearly showing off to your friends nearby.

"There was no excuse or justification for this unpleasant and violent attack, and I cannot deal with it in any other way than immediate detention.

"Those who indulge in serious drunken violence must realise that imprisonment or detention will follow if they are caught.

"The public would regard anything less as an abrogation of judicial responsibility.

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