Street kick yob loses his appeal

Jack Grocock
Jack Grocock

A TEENAGE thug who took a penalty kick at a youth’s head after he was felled to the ground during a gang attack has lost his appeal against his five-and-a-half-year sentence.

Victim Delroy Thompson was chased and beaten by a gang of four youths, including 19-year-old Jack Grocock, outside the Empire Bar, in Charter Square, Sheffield, on March 25 last year.

Mr Thompson suffered a broken jaw in the ‘appalling’ attack which was caught on CCTV.

Grocock, of Holgate Road, Parson Cross, Sheffield, was jailed after he pleaded guilty to attempting to commit grievous bodily harm with intent.

At the court of appeal in London his lawyers asked Lady Justice Rafferty, Mr Justice McCombe and Judge Michael Pert QC, to reduce his jail term.

The court heard there was ‘bad feeling’ between Mr Thompson and the youths who attacked him.

He was chased, knocked to the ground and kicked and punched once he was down, in a sickening assault, during which Grocock took a ‘full running kick’.

Mr Thompson was knocked unconscious.

The attack was only halted when a ‘Good Samaritan’ in a taxi stopped and intervened, the court heard.

The attackers ran off, and CCTV caught them laughing while Grocock re-enacted the vicious kick he had just inflicted.

His lawyers argued he ought not to have been given such a long sentence as he was one of the youngest in the group.

It was submitted he had been sentenced as if the full offence of GBH had been committed, rather than attempted GBH.

But, dismissing the appeal, Judge Pert said: “It was a joint enterprise, and this appellant played a full part in the appalling violence meted out that night.”