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Teenager attacked homeless man in Lincoln's High Street

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: January 22, 2013

Lincoln Crown Court

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A teenager attacked a homeless man in the early hours after the pair exchanged words, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Thomas Dowle had a confrontation with Darren Lewis, 34, outside the Lamb and Flag pub on Lincoln's High Street.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Dowle then launched himself forward and punched Mr Lewis in the stomach, knocking him to the ground.

Moments afterwards a second man, Marcin Momenko, joined in the attack and kicked Mr Lewis in the head.

Mr Howes told the court: "Momenko and Dowle then shook hands in a celebratory fashion and walked off."

Mr Lewis, who was living on the streets, suffered a broken tooth and a jaw injury.

Dowle, 18, of Caistor Road, Market Rasen, and Momenko , 19, of Moorland Avenue, Lincoln, each admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm on August 1.

Justin Atkinson, defending, said Dowle, who has no previous convictions, reacted to being threatened by Mr Lewis.

"It was plainly out of character. He was shocked by his behaviour when he saw the CCTV," he said.

"He was acting on his own. He did not know Momenko."

Dowle was given a 12-month community order with 180 hours of unpaid work.

A warrant without bail was issued for the arrest of Momenko after he failed to appear for the sentence hearing.

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  • matttye  |  January 30 2013, 6:18PM

    Phil1W, If you read the article again you will see that the one that did the kicking didn't attend court and hasn't yet been sentenced.

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  • XNY556  |  January 24 2013, 4:07PM

    I wondered what a homeless person was doing roaming the streets of Lincoln in the early hours and hanging about outside pubs to confront people who will no doubt have consumed alcohol. The Nomad Centre provides accommodation and if the individual in question had wanted a bed for the night and to keep out of trouble, then no doubt he wouldn't have been there. The CCTV will have shown the clash but not been able to record the verbal exchange between the defendant, who was obviously worng to react. But some of these people have been prosecuted for begging in an aggressive manner and there may have been more mitigating evidence for the first defendent although the actions of the second were completely unacceptable.

  • Phil1W  |  January 23 2013, 12:17AM

    "When the boot goes in then the defendant goes in. The reason is that kicking somebody on the ground often results in death or brain damage. It can result in very serious, lasting injuries. Even just one kick with a training shoe. The message must go out that this barbaric behaviour of kicking people on the ground must stop." Judge Sean Morris to the Sleaford brothers in Mondays Thisislincolnshire. I'm wondering, should this judge follow Judge Morris's example or do these two get more lenient sentences because the victim was homeless?

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