STRATFORD, WARWICKSHIRE – A man from Child’s Close in Stratford, Warwickshire has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and assault by beating. Patrick Cassidy, 38, launched a violent attack on a man in the street after a day of heavy drinking, leaving the victim with serious injuries.
The court heard that the attack took place on October 1, 2023, when Cassidy punched a man in his 40s in the head as the victim was walking to a friend’s house in Child’s Close. When the victim’s friend came out to confront Cassidy, she too was assaulted before Cassidy turned his attention back to the male victim, unleashing a brutal attack.
As a result of the attack, the victim sustained serious injuries to his face and arm, including fractures to his eye socket and arm, as well as a footprint on his face from Cassidy. Witnesses reported that Cassidy continued to punch and stamp on the victim’s head until another man intervened and stopped the attack.
Cassidy did not deny carrying out the attack but claimed he couldn’t remember due to heavy drinking all day. However, Warwickshire Police CID B Shift’s Simon Harvey described the attack as “horrific and unprovoked,” emphasizing the severity of the injuries sustained by the victim and the potential for even worse outcomes.
Harvey also highlighted the police’s commitment to tackling serious violent crime and bringing those responsible to justice, underscoring the importance of Cassidy’s conviction in serving justice for the victim and ensuring the community’s safety.