Thug jailed after attack on terminally ill man

A PURFLEET MAN was jailed today at Basildon Magistrates Court (Thursday) for an assault on a terminally ill man that also left a wheelchair-bound man hurt.

John Hicks, 49, of Marine Court, Purfleet aka locally as “Tattoo John” pled guilty to the assault which occurred at 4.30pm on August 22nd in Orsett Road, Grays.

The court heard that Terry McCarthy was walking down the street accompanied by a wheelchair-user friend when Hicks approached them.

Hicks, a self-confessed alcoholic lashed out at Mr McCarthy. Hitting him about the head and body.

Mr McCarthy, who had recently been told he had terminal cancer, fell into the path of the man in the wheelchair.

A passer-by,who knew of Hicks, saw the attack and immediately intervened saying to Hicks’ “Are you mad?

The police were called and Hicks was arrested.

Hicks had been due to appear on September 29th but was found in a drunken state on the steps of the court.

In mitigation, Hicks lawyer, Mr McLellan said: “Mr Hicks has admitted his crime. He has described his alcoholism as a “wicked nightmare”.

“He does have a large number of convictions but only one for battery in 2007.”

Chair of magistrates, John Riley sentenced Hicks to ten weeks imprisonment.

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