James Lupton jailed over halloween street attack

James Lupton, 25, of Oxford Street, Lancaster, was jailed for 20 months after admitting causing actual bodily harm to Oliver Scott on November 11 last year  at Preston Crown.
James Lupton, 25, of Oxford Street, Lancaster, was jailed for 20 months after admitting causing actual bodily harm to Oliver Scott on November 11 last year at Preston Crown.

A halloween reveller daubed in skeletal face paint left a man unconscious in a unprovoked street attack.

James Lupton, 25, of Oxford Street, Lancaster, was jailed for 20 months after admitting causing actual bodily harm to Oliver Scott last year after repeatedly punching him.

It was a wholly unprovoked assault on a man out on Halloween, when you, for no apparent reason, went up to him and punched him.

The coffee shop worker was caught when CCTV stills and a picture taken in the nightclub were released on social media and someone came forward to police and identified him.

His co-defendant Jenny Gavriluk, 28, of Lowther Street, Preston – who was dressed as a black cat – was ordered to do 50 hours unpaid work at an earlier hearing before magistrates after admitting assaulting Mr Scott’s girlfriend Olivia Shipcott as she was on the ground tending to her unconscious boyfriend.

Prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, David Clarke said: “In the afternoon of October 31 Mr Scott had met with his girlfriend Olivia. They went out in the evening, met friends from around 9.15pm and found themselves at Mac’s Bar on Friargate in Preston.

“The plan was to make way to Evoque on Church Street. They left at 1am. Mr Scott and a friend went to buy some food from a takeaway and they found themselves walking. His next recollection is a man coming towards him, then waking up on floor with an ambulance crew around him.

“His girlfriend saw what happened. The defendant was one of three people in Halloween fancy dress. He began getting angry for no apparent reason and started to punch Mr Scott to the face. He fell to the floor and he was knocked out unconscious.”

The court heard Mr Scott, from Chorley, was taken to hospital and was left with facial injuries and headaches.

Defending him, Jane Dagnall said Lupton took medication for anxiety and had previously made attempts to take his life and was therefore “vulnerable”.

Judge Sally Hatfield QC said: “It was a wholly unprovoked assault on a man out on Halloween, when you, for no apparent reason, went up to him and punched him.”