Sickening moment thug knocks out young woman with single punch outside McDonald's

THIS is the sickening moment a thug knocks out a woman with a single punch during a row outside a McDonald's.

Joshua Hurford, 22, left Kirsty Bowers unconscious on the pavement after he flew into a rage on a night out in Swansea.

Both parties had been out drinking with friends when they clashed in the early hours, a court heard.

Miss Bowers, who was too drunk to remember how the row started, receives a brutal blow to the face in shocking video footage.

CCTV shows Hurford walking away before he stops and strikes his victim.


Hurford admitted assault by beating but told cops he was “provoked”.

“He said he was sorry for his actions. Although she was knocked unconscious she did not receive any visible injuries”, Prosecutor Julie Sullivan told Swansea Magistrates' Court.

Mitigating on his behalf John Allchurch said: “He had been socialising in the city centre and there has been some trouble on Wind Street.

“The defendant was trying to walk away from the complainant outside McDonald’s and he eventually punched her to the floor and was arrested by police.

“He told me he is full of regret and ashamed of what happened. He is 22 years old, is a single man, lives with his parents, and is not working at present as he is on long-term sick.”


A pre-sentence report was requested and probation service officer Chris Collier said: “He rarely goes out drinking – only a few times a year. On this occasion he had been out with a friend drinking vodka and lager at Savana club when he noticed his friend fighting outside with another man.

“He said the victim had been hassling people in the establishment.

His friend began fighting again and he said the victim became abusive towards him and a rush of blood went to his head and he punched her

“His friend had been unable to get back into the pub and they tried to go somewhere else. They tried to go to Peppermint but they were also refused entry there.

"They decided to go to McDonald's to get food to take home and the situation escalated.

“His friend began fighting again and he said the victim became abusive towards him and a rush of blood went to his head and he punched her.

“He realises what he did was wrong and feels remorseful for it."

Hurford, from Swansea, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a requirement that he completes 60 hours unpaid work.

He must also complete 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days, pay £100 compensation to Miss Bowers as well as £85 prosecution costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

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