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Suspended sentence for night-time attack on students
6:00pm Saturday 2nd November 2013 in News
ONE of two students beaten up on their way home from a Southampton night club thought his friend had died when he regained consciousness and saw him lying on the ground.
Liam McEwan sat in the dock at the city crown court on his 20th birthday listening to how he had attacked the pair who had been walking along Bellevue Road in the direction of London Road.
Prosecutor Tom Wright said the memories of Mark Lee and Rory Daniel were hazy but the former could remember being repeatedly punched and falling to the ground.
Mr Daniel said McEwan had been aggressive and started punching them.
He tried to get his friend up the road but McEwan followed and swung several more punches at Mr Lee. He tussled with McEwan and both fell to the ground.
He was knocked unconscious and when he came round, he thought Lee was dead.
The violence ended when another man dragged McEwan away.
A passing cab driver witnessed the trouble and saw McEwan kicking Mr Lee as he walked away. He called police who attended the scene while the students were taken to hospital.
McEwan, of Mallory Close, Thornhill, admitted two counts of causing actual bodily harm. He received a 14-month suspended sentence, 18 months supervision, and 100 hours of community work. He was told to pay his victims £500 compensation.