Man jailed after serious assault in city
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**Warning contains a graphic image**
A man who carried out an unprovoked attack on a member of the public has been jailed today (Tuesday 28 September) after admitting to the offence.
Lee Johnston was in Gallowtree Gate in Leicester on Wednesday 4 August when he approached restaurant staff for money. When they refused he smashed a glass bottle and damaged the window of the premises before lashing out at a passer-by.
The 38-year-old victim (pictured) suffered a deep laceration to his cheek and neck, severing an artery in his neck, causing life changing injuries.
Johnston, 30, of no fixed address (pictured below), fled from the scene and was arrested 25 minutes later in a nearby street covered in the victim’s blood.
At a previous hearing Johnston pleaded guilty to causing Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH) and criminal damage.
Today he was sentenced to five years and six months in jail.
Detective Sergeant Majid Zaveri led the investigation, he said: “This was a serious offence resulting in significant injuries. The scars the victim has been left will be constant reminder of that night.
“The fact the defendant pleaded guilty has spared the victim the ordeal of reliving what happened to him in the court room.
“We hope this sentence gives Johnston time to reflect on his behaviour and the impact on others. Violence, in any form, will not be tolerated. We and the courts will deal with the perpetrators and ensure they answer to their crimes.”