Drunk attacked man with spade

A DRUNK stranger attacked a man in Thornhill Lees with a spade in a random and motiveless attack.

Kieran Rouse, 25, went into a back garden on Back Slaithwaite Road on April 6 to batter Abdul Razvi about the head and body.

Mr Razvi needed 30 stitches in scalp wounds, had a tooth knocked out and suffered bruising to his arms.

The 54-year-old, who lapsed in and out of consciousness after the attack, was also left with three more loose teeth.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mr Razvi had gone outside to offer builders working for him a cup of tea.

Philip Adams, prosecuting, said the victim’s wife and two daughters ran outside when they heard him screaming.

They saw Mr Razvi crawling on the ground on his hands and knees while Rouse hit him with a shovel.

Rouse struck him four or five times but stopped when he appeared “to become scared or spooked by family members confronting him”. Mr Adams added the offence was “completely unprovoked, unexpected and unexplained.”

Police, who initially though Rouse was high on drugs, found through tests he was twice over the drink-drive limit.

Patrick Palmer, for Rouse, said his client had no rational explanation for his actions.

It was out of character and Mr Palmer added: “He has been binge-drinking before but has never committed any offence like this.”

Rouse, of Briar Drive, Dewsbury Moor, admitted grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing an offensive weapon.

He was jailed for 40 months, though Recorder of Leeds Judge Peter Collier QC accepted Rouse still has no idea why he came to do what he did.

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