Man who caused victim to suffer brain haemorrhage after knocking him to the floor jailed for 18 months

Photo courtesy of British Transport Police
Photo courtesy of British Transport Police
  • Kings Langley man, 24, jailed for 18 months for GBH
  • 54-year-old victim, from Abbots Langley, suffered brain haemorrhage as a result of punch
  • Row erupted over queue-jumping at taxi rank

A man whose violent punch caused his victim to suffer a brain haemorrhage after a row over queue-jumping has been jailed.

Lewis Taylor, 24, of Waterside, Kings Langley, was sentenced to 18months in prison when he admitting causing grievous bodily harm after the incident outside Watford railway station.

The 54-year-old victim, from Abbots Langley, had suffered a brain haemorrhage after he was attacked by Taylor at a taxi rank in the early hours of Sunday, December 14.

The man had been trying to calm the situation after several other people had shouted at Taylor for jumping the queue.

The court heard Taylor became enraged when his victim asked him to ‘chill out’, punching him so hard he fell to the ground and smashed his head on the pavement.

When police arrived, Taylor admitted attacking the man, and was arrested.

Photo courtesy of British Transport Police

Photo courtesy of British Transport Police

The victim suffered a haemorrhagic stroke, a fractured nose, bruising to his face and damage to his teeth. He was released from hospital after two days, but continued to be monitored.

Following the sentencing at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday, Det Con Vicki Bladen said: “Taylor expressed regret for the injuries his victim suffered, but that does not change the fact that his actions were deliberate.

“Violent incidents like this one are thankfully rare, but when they do happen, we work hard to make sure those responsible are brought to account.

“I hope Taylor will use his time in prison to continue to reflect on his actions and the impact they have had on his victim.”

Taylor expressed regret for the injuries his victim suffered, but that does not change the fact that his actions were deliberate

Detective Constable Vicki Bladen