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14th Aug, 2022

Violent young man remanded in custody after string of charges

A VIOLENT young man who broke another man’s jaw with a single punch after going as if to ‘fist-thump’ him was on bail for a string of previous unprovoked attacks at the time.

And not content with causing that injury, vicious Oliver McKinney launched a second assault on his victim during which he pulled his head down and kneed or kicked him in the face.

It was first thought it was that which had caused the broken jaw, and 20 year-old McKinney, of Jago Green, Snitterfield Lane, Snitterfield, was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, which he denied.

But once it was established the injury had been caused by the punch, his pleas of guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and a second charge of assault were accepted.

Richard Franck, prosecuting at Warwick Crown Court, explained the assault had taken place on July 7.

Graeme Simpson, defending, told Judge Peter Cooke that McKinney also had to be dealt with for a number of other offences, including matters on which Judge Sylvia de Bertodano had deferred sentence in March.

That had followed his guilty pleas to unlawful wounding, two charges of common assault, two of attempted robbery, two of causing damage, and sending a malicious communication.

One of the attempted robberies saw McKinney launch a savage attack on a 64-year-old man making his way home in Stratford on Christmas Eve.

Despite the savagery of previous incidents, Judge de Bertodano, who said she had ‘a sentence of 46 months in mind,’ decided to defer sentence for six months, telling McKinney: “I am giving you this chance. Please, please take it.”

But just over two weeks later he punched the operations manager at Smack night club in Leamington to the face during a clash over him taking a bottle of beer out into the street.

McKinney was convicted of that assault after a trial in the magistrates’ court in June and was granted bail for him to be sentenced when he was dealt with under the deferred sentence.

Just a month after that court appearance he carried out his latest attack – and Judge Cooke remanded him in custody to be dealt with for all matters by Judge de Bertodano at a later date.

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