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Rugby man who lied about nightclub attack jailed for a year

Rugby Editorial 23rd Feb, 2016 Updated: 27th Oct, 2016   0

A ‘REMORSELESS’ attacker from Rugby who ‘hid behind lies’ has been jailed after he broke his victim’s jaw in two places.

Jack Harrison was jailed for 12 months by a Judge at Warwick Crown Court for inflicting grievous bodily harm on Lakhdeep Dosanjh in a Leamington nightclub.

Keen Sunday footballer Mr Dosanjh has been forced to give up the game he loves in case he suffers further injury to his jaw – and is facing the prospect of having it surgically re-broken and four teeth removed to have it re-set.

But despite the severity of his injury, Mr Dosanjh had to fight to get the Crown Prosecution Service to take up the case after they had inexplicably decided not to prosecute.

And after showing ‘a complete absence of remorse,’ Harrison, 23, of Charles Street had pleaded guilty on the day of his trial to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Dosanjh, having originally denied doing so with intent.

Prosecutor Richard McConaghy said Mr Dosanjh and relatives spent a Saturday evening in the Altoria night club in Leamington.

At around 2am, he received what he described as two hard punches in very quick succession to the side of his face, and then a third one.

Mr McConaghy said: “He didn’t see who it was, but other members of his group did, including his uncle who grabbed the defendant from behind in a bear hug.”

Harrison was held until bouncers arrived and escorted him out of the club, during which Harrison told them: “He deserved it. I’d do it again; I’d hit him again.”

He entered his plea on the basis that he had had been involved in a commotion and knocked to the floor – although Mr McConaghy pointed out that had not involved Mr Dosanjh.

Not realising the seriousness of Mr Dosanjh’s injury, the bouncers had simply ejected Harrison from the club.

In fact, Mr Dosanjh had suffered a double fracture to his jaw and had to undergo surgery to have screws inserted in it.

Six weeks after the incident Mr Dosanjh’s cousin recognised Harrison on Facebook.

But when he was questioned by the police, Harrison said he had been involved in an altercation during which he was knocked to the floor, and was grabbed as soon as he got up – and he denied throwing any punches.

Judge Alan Parker commented: “It was a pack of lies, and he maintained those lies until today.”

And the judge observed: “The Crown Prosecution Service had decided there was no case to answer. But for Mr Dosanjh appealing against the decision, this case would not have been prosecuted. I pay tribute to Mr Dosanjh for that.”

Matthew Brook, defending, said the case now dated back two years, partly because of the CPS’s original decision, and Harrison had no convictions before or since then.

He had a good reference from his former tutor at college where he had spent six years, beginning at GCSE level and ending with a degree six years later, since when he has been working as a sales engineer.

“His dream had been to join the RAF, which is something he had looked into, but he realises that is now highly unlikely,” said Mr Brook, who asked the judge to pass a suspended sentence.

Jailing Harrison, Judge Parker said: “It is particularly telling that Mr Dosanjh, the utterly blameless victim, has almost literally had to fight for justice, because for reasons which appear to me to be inexplicable the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute.

“But Mr Dosanjh was able to seek a review, and you were properly charged with an offence of which he was the victim.

“Previously he loved playing football in the Sunday league, but he is no longer able to take part in any physical sport which may cause further injury to his fragile jaw.

“Your complete absence of remorse is described in the words attributed to you at the time.

“The thing that really shames you is that for the last eight or nine months you hid behind the lies in your defence case statement, and you have continued to lie about your involvement until today.”


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