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Sidcup man jailed for brutal Dartford attack

A Sidcup man has been jailed for six years and nine months after a brutal assault during which the offender for himself kicking an unconscious man.

According to Kent police: “George Arnott, of Parkhill Road, Sidcup viciously assaulted the victim as he lay motionless on the floor in Dartford town centre.

The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Woolwich Crown Court and was sentenced on Tuesday 26 November 2019.

In the early hours of Saturday 7 September 2019, Kent Police received reports that a man had been assaulted near some bins in Essex Road.

At around 1.45am Arnott was on his mobile phone when a man, who was also on his phone, walked past him. Arnott followed the man and then punched him in the head causing him to drop his phone. He then repeatedly punched and kicked him in the head and upper body while filming the attack.

The victim, who was not known to Arnott, was kicked a total of 22 times and received serious facial injuries.

Following an investigation, which included mobile phone data, CCTV and forensic evidence, Arnott was arrested the next day.

Officer in charge of the case, PC Michael Rake of North Kent CID said: ‘This was a vicious and unprovoked attack whereby Arnott kicked the victim repeatedly and continued to do so even though the victim was unable to defend himself.

‘What is particularly disturbing about this case is that he actually filmed himself committing the attack. Arnott is a malicious, violent character and thankfully he has received a custodial sentence and will no longer be a threat to society.’”

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