Karate thug walks free

Kaleb Lodge and a CCTV of his first karate kick
Kaleb Lodge and a CCTV of his first karate kick

THIS is the moment a yob landed a karate-style kick in the face of a stunned reveller in a shocking street attack.

Thug Kalem Lodge launched the unprovoked assault on two innocent passers-by on a night out in Hartlepool town centre.

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

When a girl from another group, pictured on the right of the CCTV image wearing the white dress, remonstrated with Lodge for the kick, he did the same thing to her knocking her to the ground. The attack was caught on CCTV which helped to convict the yob.

Lilian Atkinson, prosecuting at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court, said: “They couldn’t believe how high he could kick.

“He kicked out at both of them hitting them in the face.”

The court previously heard how Lodge became involved with a group of other people in the street before he launched the unprovoked attacks.

Luckily, the victims were not seriously hurt.

One suffered reddening to the neck, while the other sustained a sore and tender jaw.

At the time of the offence, Lodge was subject to an anti-social behaviour order, which later expired.

But he was slapped with another criminal ASBO for another two years.

Lodge admitted 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.

He narrowly avoided prison because of his age, the lack of serious injury and because he has been under a house curfew.

Neil Taylor, mitigating, said alcohol was the main reason for his behaviour.

Mr Taylor said: “If he stays away from alcohol he is a different person to the young man who having consumed alcohol finds himself in difficulties.”

Lodge, of St Abbs Walk, Hartlepool, was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to each victim.

District Judge Martin Walker said: “I think this man must be aware that he is so close to going to prison and if this happens again in the foreseeable future he is going to prison for some considerable time.

“You have to control your behaviour in a public place if you can’t control your drinking.”