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Castleford cage fighter jailed after Leeds bar assault

March 8, 2013, 2:46 pm

A cage fighter from Castleford who attacked a man in the toilets of a Leeds bar, then washed his hands, has been jailed for 42 weeks following an investigation by British Transport Police.

Anthony Dean Holmes, aged 23, appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Thursday, 7 March, and after previously entering a plea of guilty, was sentenced after submissions to the court.

The court was told how Holmes, from Carlyle Crescent in Castleford, had launched an unprovoked attack on his victim, a 20-year-old man from Leeds, in the toilets of the Stone Roses Bar in Briggate in Leeds in the early hours of Sunday, 3 June 2012.

He punched and kneed the victim in the face a number of times causing sustained damage to cartilage in his nose, and bruising and swelling to his face.

Police Constable Penny Halliwell, the investigating officer said, “After Holmes had attacked his victim, he callously washed his hands and walked back in to the bar leaving him with significant injuries.

“This was a completely unprovoked assault on a young man enjoying a night out with his friends.

She added, “Holmes was identified following an anonymous tip off from a member of the public after CCTV images of him were circulated through the media.

“I would like to thank the media for publicising this appeal, and the member of the public who came forward with vital information that led us to Holmes and helped us put him before the courts, bringing justice for his victim.”

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