A Skegness man who carried out an unprovoked street attack leaving his victim with a serious head injury has been jailed for 17 months at Lincoln Crown Court
Frankie Melon was on a night out in Lincoln celebrating his 22nd birthday when he attacked his victim on the city’s High Street near to its junction with Corporation Street.
Melon, who had earlier pestered the man for a share of his food, delivered a single punch which knocked him to the ground.
The victim fell onto the pavement and lay unconscious as Melon then used a mobile phone to film his prone body as he shouted abuse at him.
Gregor Purcell, prosecuting, said the victim was taken to hospital where his condition was so serious his family were called to his bedside.
His friends had to travel by taxi to collect the victim’s mother as his mobile phone was missing. The phone was later found in the hotel room where Melon and his friends were staying the night.
The man’s suffered haemorrhaging on the right side of his brain and he was transferred to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham where he underwent an emergency operation. Part of his skull had to be removed and 58 staples were used to close the wound. The victim spent a week in hospital and later needed a further operation to insert a titanium plate.
Melon was identified at the scene as being responsible for the attack and was arrested at the Premier Hotel in Lincoln where he was staying with a group of friends. The video footage of his unconscious victim was found on a mobile phone recovered from his room. On the film Melon was heard shouting abuse at the victim.
Melon later told police “it must have been a good idea at the time”.
The court heard that after his release from hospital the victim initially needed help to wash and to walk. He is expected to make a full recovery but will be scarred for life.
Melon ,22, of Sunningdale Close, Skegness, admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm as a result of the incident in the early hours of 28 January this year.
Recorder Graham Huston told him “This was a cowardly, inexplicable offence of violence at night time on a public street.”
Saleem Khan, defending, said “It was the defendant’s birthday. He is not someone who describes himself as a drinker. He decided to let his guard down on this occasion because it was his birthday. He drank way too much.
“He is truly sorry about what occurred. He has hung his head in shame.”
He said Melon had no previous convictions and acted out of character.