Mum-of-two’s reveals horrific injuries as pub attacker avoids jail

A MUM-of-two has revealed her horrific injuries after being beaten by a yob in a pub so hard the crutch he was using split in two.

She has bravely published the shocking pictures as her 58-year-old attacker avoided jail this week.

Lauren Stockman, in her 30s, was hit on the head with a metal crutch multiple times following a row with James Smith in the Fernhurst pub, Blackburn, Lancashire.

Smith admitting assaulting Miss Stockman and her boyfriend Andre Smith on November 23 last year, but walked away with a suspended sentence from Preston Crown Court.

Following the attack Miss Stockman shared pictures of her fractured cheek, bruised face and eye, with cuts and swelling.

She wrote: “Not pretty but hey! This could have been a lot worse. Why in God’s name would anyone think this is okay?

“Some guy hit me with a crutch and broke my eye socket, got muscle damage in my neck and blurred vision in my eye.”

Smith ran away after the assault but was caught when CCTV pictures of him in the pub with his stick and the victims were circulated on social media.

His broken crutch was found discarded outside the pub – which he is no longer allowed to visit.

Smith was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for a year, and is banned from leaving home between 9pm and 6am every day.

Prosecutor Hanifa Patel: “They walked up to the bar and Miss Stockman’s partner looked at one member of the group, and a female member of the group said ‘what are you looking at?’

“What took place was a verbal altercation between the two women and her partner.

“Miss Stockman did tell the woman to be quiet and leave them alone but the group said ‘shut up or I’ll t**t you’.

“She then felt something knock on the side of her head and her hair. She put her hand up immediately to her face and noticed there was blood.”

She told the court Miss Stockman’s eye was left swollen and doctors feared she had fractured her eye socket.

The lawyer for Smith, who was convicted in 1986 for GBH, said he did not know why he reacted so aggressively.

Neil Howard said: “He says that he wasn’t particularly intoxicated, possibly his drink was spiked – but there is no proof of that.

“It was a particularly emotional interview when the footage was put to him. It shocked him to the core, he made a prompt admission in interview and continued in that vein.

“He is wracked with remorse and regret.”

Sentencing Judge Simon Medland QC told Smith: ”For no reason whatsoever you involved yourself in an argument that other people were having you raised your stick and held it like a baseball bat you struck her with it three times.”