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Thug punched and stamped on hotel receptionist’s head in disgusting attack

This is the sickening moment a thug punched a hotel receptionist and stamped him on the head after he told there were no vacany.

Joshua Leatherland, 23, carried out the violent assault at the Ibis Hotel in Newport on July 16, after he and a woman asked for a room in the early hours.

He offered the receptionist Thundiyi Abraham £100 and said he would "not take no for an anwer".

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CCTV released at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday (September 28) shows Leatherland getting enraged as he talked to Mr Abraham in the private reception area.

He threw punches and repeatedly hit Mr Abraham in the face.

Describing the assault, prosecutor Ffion Tomos said: "Mr Abraham fell to the floor and whilst on the floor the defendant proceeded to stamp on his head on a number of occasions.

As Mr Abraham tried to get up he was stamped to the head and back area.

Leatherland was kicking him as he lay helplessly on the floor and the female companion was shouting: "Don't stamp on his head, don't stamp on his back."

Mr Abraham was left with severe injuries including a hairline fracture to his rib, bruising to his back, shoulders, and spine and swelling.

The court heard Mr Abraham was assisted by a hotel guest but Leatherland turned his attention to the woman and forcefully pushed her to the floor.

She did not cooperate with the police and did not provide a statement. Both attacks were captured on CCTV and were played at the sentencing hearing.

In a victim statement, Mr Abraham said: "This is the worst behaviour inflicted on me in the role I have carried out. I am extremely worried about going back to that job and it's causing me panic but I support my family financially.

"My wife and children are very worried about me and they're upset."

Leatherland, of Coniston Close, Newport, was arrested on Malpas Road but refused to engage with police and became aggressive.

When he was taken into custody, he said he was "proud of the fact" he had been to prison for punching a female police officer and said it "felt amazing" when he threw punches at her and kicked her.

He later pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by beating.

The court heard he had previous convictions for numerous violent offences including assaults, violent disorder and assaulting emergency workers.

Leatherland was sentenced to two years and eight months imprisonment.

He was also made subject to a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mr Abraham and attending the Ibis hotel in Newport for 10 years.

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