Head smash horror for taxi victim

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court

A woman attacked while trying to get a taxi following a night out suffered a fractured skull and has been left with a loss of hearing.

Preston Crown Court heard that victim Lisa Jones has also lost her sense of taste and smell as a result of losing consciousness when she banged her head on the ground.She also suffered a small amount of bleeding on the brain.

Jordan Smith was drunk at the time and had grabbed her leg, pulling her back as she tried to get into a taxi in the Queen Street area of the town last December. She fell, striking her head on the floor.

Smith, 22, of Lindeth Gardens, Lancaster, had pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm and affray.

Miss Alison Mather, prosecuting,said: “She was pulled back with such force that she was pulled to the floor and knocked unconscious by the impact of her head on the ground.”

Defence barrister Mr Ciaran Rankin said “He is mortified and very sorry about what happened that night.

“He bitterly regrets the incident.”

Smith was given 18 months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision, 200 hours unpaid work and an order to pay £1,000 compensation, as well as a £100 statutory surcharge.