‘Karate-kid’ in random attack on revellers

Kalem Lodge

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A YOB landed two “martial arts-style kicks” on the faces of two shocked revellers in an early-hours street attack.

Thug Kalem Lodge was in the town centre of Hartlepool at 1.05am when he launched the unprovoked assault on the two innocent passers-by.

Kalem Lodge

Kalem Lodge

The 22-year-old approached a man, who was with a group of friends, and carried out the karate-style move, swinging up his leg and kicking his victim in the face.

A good Samaritan girl from the group confronted Lodge for carrying out the kick, but she herself fell victim to the yob.

Lodge kicked her in the face, causing her to stumble and fall to the floor.

Prosecuting, Lorraine Cooper told Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court: “It was night-time when the incident happened, and people had been drinking.

“The defendant became involved with a group of other people and he was seen on CCTV, first of all, to kick a male in the face by doing a martial-arts style kick.

“Luckily, there weren’t any serious injuries.

“A female was in the group and she remonstrated with the defendant for that kick. He then did the same to the female and kicked her in the face causing her to stumble back and fall to the floor.

“Fortunately her injuries weren’t serious.”

She added: “A kick to the face is a serious assault, and it was unprovoked. The seriousness of the incident can be seen on the CCTV footage.”

Mrs Cooper said one victim suffered reddening to the neck, while the other sustained a sore and tender jaw.

She also told the court that at the time of the offence, Lodge was subject to an anti-social behaviour order, which has since expired.

Lodge pleaded guilty to behaving in a manner likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress prohibited by the anti-social behaviour order, two counts of common assault, and possession of cannabis, all on October 30.

Mitigating, Stuart Haywood said: “He accepts he committed the assaults and that they were unprovoked, but the prosecutor has given the impression that these are extremely serious assaults.

“They are not.

“They are common assaults and that’s the lowest form of assault somebody can be convicted of.”

He added: “He needs to tackle his issues with alcohol, he accepts that.”

Chairman of the bench Anthony Raine adjourned sentence on Lodge, of Howden Road, Hartlepool.

He was bailed until December 5 for the Probation Service to prepare a report.