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Bootle man sentenced after vicious attack outside Litherland supermarket

A PIZZA delivery man, who took part in a brutal Litherland street assault, has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Kieran Hindley, 24, of Musker Drive, Bootle, pleaded guilty to assaulting Derek Chin, outside the Supersaver store on Pendle Estate, Litherland on October 6.

Hindley was given an eight weeks suspended sentence, 100 hours of unpaid work and told he will be supervised by probation officers for 12 months by Sefton Magistrates on November 16.

Hindley, who had been drinking until the early hours of the morning at a friend’s party, admitted punching and kicking Mr Chin and shouting encouragement as Kevin Lennox, 29, of Oatfield Lane, Litherland, slammed Mr Chin’s leg in a car door.

Lennox also pleaded guilty but his sentencing was adjourned to a later date.

The court heard how Hindley, who works at Domino’s Pizzas in Aintree, and Lennox, who is a self employed builder, confronted Mr Chin after he parked his car outside the Supersavers store.

Mr Chin was headbutted and punched by Lennox and kicked by Hindley, who also shouted encouragement to Lennox as the vicious attack continued, leaving Mr Chin with injuries to his hand and face. Lennox then followed Mr Chin into the Supersaver shop where he continued to assault the victim.

Claire Wardle, defending, said that Hindley had “deeply regretted the incident.”

She said: “On being arrested, Mr Hindley co-operated fully with the police. Since 2007, when he last appeared before the courts he has put a lot of this behaviour behind him and made huge strides to move away from this life.”

Magistrate Anthony Holden, sentencing Hindley, said: “Despite you playing a lesser role and not pursuing Mr Chin into the shop, this was a nasty unprovoked attacked.”

This latest assault is one of a string of serious incidents that have taken place in and around the Supersaver on the Pendle Estate.

In March a member of staff was punched unconscious after chasing a suspected shoplifter.

In February a brick was thrown through the shop’s window.

Selva Nathan, who was working behind the counter, raced out of the Supersaver store when the missile smashed through the glass.

He caught up with the suspect and with a colleague handed him over to police when they arrived.

In January, a burglar broke into the supermarket through the roof and stole thousands of pound worth of cigarettes.

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