David Kerry jailed for Borrowash attack on man

David Kerry
Image caption David Kerry punched and kicked his victim into the road, where he lay injured before being hit by a car

A Derbyshire teenager who attacked a man and left him helpless in a road where he was later run over has been jailed for three years.

David Kerry, 19, admitted assaulting Ashley West, 20, in November 2010 in Borrowash and leaving him at risk.

Mr West was left with two metal rods and 16 pins down his spine and suffered numerous broken bones.

The court heard that he was left "within a hair's breadth of being killed".

Pot plant

Kerry, from Kimberley Road, Borrowash, admitted at Derby Crown Court to causing actual bodily harm and one count of grievous bodily harm.

Mr West had been on a night out with friends when he threw a pot plant at a house, something he admitted was out of character and "silly".

Kerry then launched into the attack, leaving Mr West injured in the road. He was then struck by a car coming over the brow of a hill.

Inspector Jim Allen, of Derbyshire Police, said: "Kerry went well over the top with his vigilante response to a relatively minor incident and just took it way too far and left a man within a hair's breadth of losing his life."

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