STRATFORD, Warwickshire – A man from Stratford, Warwickshire has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for a violent attack on another man after a day of heavy drinking. Patrick Cassidy, 38, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and assault by beating. The attack took place on October 1, 2023, at around 7pm in Child’s Close.
According to the court, Cassidy assaulted a man in his 40s who was walking to a friend’s house in Child’s Close. The victim was punched in the head by Cassidy, and when a friend came out to confront him, she was also assaulted. Cassidy then turned his attention back to the male victim and carried out a brutal attack. The victim suffered serious injuries to his face and arm, including fractures to his eye socket and arm, as well as a footprint on his face.
Witnesses reported that Cassidy punched the victim multiple times and stamped on his head, with the attack only stopping when another man intervened. Within half an hour of the attack, Cassidy was taken into custody. Despite not denying the attack, he claimed that he could not remember it due to heavy drinking throughout the day.
Following the sentencing, Simon Harvey from Warwickshire Police CID B Shift expressed satisfaction that justice was served for the victim and emphasized the police department’s commitment to holding those responsible for serious violent crimes accountable. He called the attack “horrific and unprovoked” and highlighted the severity of the victim’s injuries, stating that it could have been much worse.
The case serves as a reminder of the dangers of excessive drinking and its potential to lead to violent behavior. It also underscores the importance of swift police intervention in such incidents to ensure that perpetrators are held accountable and justice is served for the victims. The sentencing of Cassidy reflects the determination of the Warwickshire Police to address and combat serious violent crimes in the region.