Thug sentenced to 11 months in jail as Northampton judge bemoans “all-too-familiar” drunken violence

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A 22-year-old man who punched two men and threw a bottle at another outside a pub in Northamptonshire has been jailed for 11 months.

Jake Swords appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he pleaded guilty two charges of actual bodily harm and an assault near The Feathers pub in Rushden.

The court heard that Swords had caused a two inch cut to a man’s head after he threw a bottle at him in the early hours of July 12.

Harry Norcous, prosecuting, said Swords had attacked the man because he was talking to his ex-girlfriend and he had then punched one of the victim’s friends, knocking him unconscious.

CCTV played to court showed how Swords then continued to “goad” the victim and his friend and bounced up and down on his toes in the style of a boxer.

Swords then punched another man, who fell to the floor.

The court heard that Swords, of Tennyson Road, Rushden, had an “unenviable record” of 14 convictions for 35 offences.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith said the scene in Rushden on the night of the offences was “all-too-familiar across town centre in the county with young people having too much to drink then wanting a scrap”.

Swords was sentenced to a total of 11 months in prison. He must pay the victim surcharge of £80