Hero is jailed for attack

William Johnston.
William Johnston.

A HERO who rescued a pregnant woman from her submerged car after it careered off a bridge into a river, has been jailed for a street attack in Lancaster during which he roared like an animal.

William Johnston risked his own life after plunging into the swollen River Conder to save the 19-year-old woman driver, who found out she was pregnant when she went to hospital for treatment.

Johnston, 27, is now starting a two-year jail term for an attack committed months before the rescue, in which he kicked and stamped on a man’s head.

Preston Crown Court heard that after the attack, he made an animal-like roar and had celebratory hugs and kisses with two women.

He was even heard to say, in a commentator-style voice: “Tonight, introducing international boxing from Lancaster”.

Johnston, of The Old Rectory Gardens, Cockerham, pleaded guilty to a charge of wounding with intent.

The offence dated back to September last year and was carried out on Stephen Morgan, 52.

Johnston’s barrister told the court the defendant had wrongly thought at the time that Mr Morgan was about to strike a female.

Andrew Evans, prosecuting, said the attack happened some time after 9pm in Lancaster city centre, on September 17, 2010.

See the Lancaster Guardian (29-09-11) for full story.