Two men jailed after attack on rugby player outside nightclub in Bourne

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TWO men have been jailed after carrying out a “bezerk attack” on a rugby player outside a nightclub in Bourne.

Richard McCann, 29, and Ashley Snart, 28, only stopped punching and kicking the unconscious man after they were each struck with a police baton.

The incident happened outside The Loft nightclub in Abbey Road, Bourne, at 3.15am on August 22, 2010.

Lincoln Crown Court was told on Tuesday that the concerned police officer got out of his patrol car after he saw two men straddling the victim.

Another shocked witness described seeing the victim’s head “bouncing off the pavement” and blood coming from his face during the assault.

Jonathan Dunne, prosecuting, said the officer drew his baton and approached the two men after fearing the victim could be suffering from potentially life-threatening injuries.

The court heard Snart stopped his role in the assault after being struck twice with the baton, telling the officer “Okay, okay, I’m done”.

McCann also “gave up” after sustaining a baton wound to the back of his head.

The victim, who plays for Spalding Rugby Club, was knocked unconscious and could only remember somebody being on top of him when he regained consciousness in an ambulance which was called to the scene.

He escaped any fractures or damage to his eyes but suffered severe bruising to his head and missed half a season of playing rugby.

The court heard while on bail for the attack McCann received a community sentence for a public order incident in which he was again struck with a police baton outside a pub in Peterborough.

Simon Thomas, mitigating for Snart, said he had no previous convictions and had initially acted to restrain McCann.

McCann of Bath Road, Eye, near Peterborough, was jailed for 18 months and Snart, of Oundle Road, Peterborough, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after they both admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Passing sentence, Judge Sean Morris said they were fortunate not to cause more serious injuries to the victim but added anyone who kicked a person on the ground would go to jail.

Judge Morris said: “You rendered your victim unconscious. They had fears he had eye damage. Fortunately that was okay, but he was an accomplished rugby player who missed half a season.”

The Loft nightclub has since closed.