Leicester man jailed after assult on guitar teacher

13 September 2019, 17:35 | Updated: 13 September 2019, 17:55

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A Leicester man's been jailed for 12 years after he assulted a part time guitar teacher and left him unable to play again.

32 year old Daniel Murphy was found guilty of grievous bodily harm following a trial at Leicester Crown Court.

The court heard how the victim left his home to go to the nearby shop in Cropston Drive, Coalville, when he spotted a group of youths outside the premises and recognised one of the group as 32-year-old Murphy.

The 31-year-old victim and defendant knew each other, after a verbal exchange the victim walked away but as he crossed the road he was struck to the side of his head twice with a glass bottle. 

Following the incident, during the evening of Monday 25 March, the victim was treated in hospital for multiple injuries to his hand and head.

Detective Constable Xanthe Fisher was the investigating officer, she said:  “The victim was a part-time guitar teacher and as a result of the assault he has not been able to play the guitar again.  During the incident his finger was sliced and had 27 stitches to his hand. 

“This was a vicious and violent assault which has scarred the victim for life.  There was no motive for the attack which appeared to be totally unprovoked.

“We are pleased with the verdict today and hope the time Murphy now spends in prison will give him the opportunity to reflect on his actions and the consequences.”