Pub chef who knocked victim's teeth out in street attack jailed for 10 months

PUBLISHED: 16:40 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:24 25 July 2019

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant

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A pub chef has been jailed for chasing a stranger down an alleyway and kicking him in the face during a 'pack attack'.

Alfie Valentine was out with a group of friends in the centre of Exeter at 4am after a night out when they got into a brawl near John Lewis.

A passer-by filmed the violence on a mobile phone and Valentine and three other members of his group then chased him and his friend, who became the victim of the attack.

Valentine followed them down an alley off Longbrook Street, covered by CCTV, which showed him launching a savage attack on his victim.

He punched him seven times before kicking him in the face three times, knocking some of his teeth out and leaving his jaw askew.

Amateur footballer Valentine then left with his mates but came back a few minutes later and resumed the attack, kicking the seriously injured and semi-conscious man again.

Valentine, aged 25, of Marine Parade, Lyme Regis, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 10 months at Exeter Crown Court on July 24.

Judge David Evans: "This assault was not a piece of retaliation. It was out and out pack aggression with you in the lead.

"This was public street violence in the city centre in the presence of others including the victim's partner.

"I am quite clear, having seen the full extent of the footage, this late night street violence, involving kicks to the head and returning a second time, appropriate punishment can only be achieved by immediate custody."

Francesca Whebell, prosecuting, said the incident started in the early hours of June 10, 2018, with a confrontation outside John Lewis.

The pair were chased through the street by the group, led by Valentine, who cornered the victim and attacked him.

The victim's girlfriend tried to stop the assault but was pushed away and she later photographed him with his face covered in blood and teeth knocked out.

Rachel Smith, defending, said Valentine has never been in trouble before and comes from a stable family.

She said he is shocked by what he did and has saved up £4,000 by working at festivals over the summer to pay compensation. He wants to apologise to the victim.

She said he has been the victim of attacks himself in Exmouth and Croatia and responded on the night to a confrontation with the victim which happened off camera.

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