AN UNEMPLOYED plasterer was told he escaped prison “by the skin of his teeth” after he took part in a vicious street attack.
Kevin Lennox, 29, of Oatfield Lane, Litherland, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assaulting Derek Chin outside the Supersaver store on Pendle Estate, Litherland.
The court heard that Lennox, a father-of-two, had been drinking with his friend, Kieran Hindley, 24, of Musker Drive, Bootle, when they confronted Mr Chin as he parked his car near the shop on October 6.
Lennox attempted to get into Mr Chin’s car before slamming the passenger door on the leg of the driver, who was trying to fend off his attacker.
When Mr Chin got out of his car, Lennox butted and punched him, screaming: “Let’s have it.”
Hindley, who pleaded guilty at an earlier date, also kicked Mr Chin and shouted encouragement as the vicious attack continued, leaving Mr Chin with injuries to his hand and face.
Mr Chin finally managed to escape into the shop, where he barricaded himself behind the door as Lennox repeatedly punched the window, causing more than £300 of damage to the shop’s frontage.
Lennox, who has 22 previous convictions, then ran off into a local park before being caught by police officers attending another incident in Bootle later that night.
Margaret Parr, defending, told Sefton magistrates that, despite first denying that it was him in CCTV footage of the assault, Lennox had later admitted that he had been drunk at the time of the incident and said that he could not remember it happening.
Ms Parr said: “Mr Lennox has since made numerous attempts to apologise and has found it very upsetting to watch the CCTV footage.
“He is determined to address his problems and has been voluntarily attending a substance abuse centre.”
Ms Parr called for a suspended sentence, saying that this would “act as a sword of Damocles hanging over Mr Lennox”.
Sentencing Lennox to a 12-week suspended sentence, the chairman of the bench, Bruce McGrath told him: “Your record is appalling and you have stayed out of custody by the skin of your teeth.”