CCTV: Sailor's tears as he is jailed for 'sickening' attack
A SAILOR has been locked up for an early-hours clubland attack branded "sickening" by a judge – and captured in full on film.
Nathan Egan was caught on CCTV as he punched his victim to the ground, dragged him towards a wall and kicked him in the head.
The 23-year-old then appeared to go through the victim's pockets as the injured man lay unconscious in Union Street.
Plymouth Crown Court heard yesterday how Egan, a marine engineer, had joined Devonport-based warship HMS Ocean the same month as the attack.
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He sat in the dock looking at his feet while footage of the incident, which happened shortly before 5am on May 24, was played to Judge Graham Cottle.
Prosecutor Alistair Verheijen noted how Egan could be seen punching his victim once in the head, knocking him to the floor.
Egan then dragged the unconscious man by his ankles over towards a wall whereupon he kicked him in the head with force.
Egan is then seen looming over the unconscious man, chatting to his friends and hugging them before returning to Mr Johnson.
He then appeared to go through his pockets and pick up the unconscious man by the belt before throwing him back down again.
Mr Verheijen said the victim suffered a broken nose and abrasions to his arms. Egan was later arrested, shown the footage and admitted it was him, but claimed he had only kicked the prostrate man in the arm.
Mr Verheijen noted how Egan had previous convictions for being drunk and disorderly in Tamerton Foliot Road in May 2011, where he was verbally abusive to a police officer, and for affray in Union Street in February of the same year.
Judge Cottle asked Egan's character witness, David Barker, a divisional officer aboard HMS Ocean what he thought of the CCTV footage.
"It was quite shocking," Mr Barker replied.
He said Egan, of Albert Road, Stoke, had told him about the incident, claiming he had got involved in a fight with a man who had been verbally abusing his friend. Mr Barker said: "He has been apologetic and feels a lot of remorse about it."
When asked if the Navy wanted men like Egan, he answered: "We're hoping that this is a blip in his character."
But Judge Cottle argued it was not a "blip" as there had been two previous violent incidents where alcohol was involved.
Judge Cottle noted how Egan had pleaded guilty, but also noted how the footage "left you without any other option".
He said: "It's a sickening incident captured on that film.
"It shows you punching a man to the ground and while he is lying unconscious you go and kick him. And after that you are seen to be picking him up, turning him over, rifling through pockets and chucking him back to the ground.
"It is an appalling series of incidents and not the first time you've been in trouble for using violence on that street.
"These kinds of incidents, regardless of personal circumstances, cannot be allowed to go unpunished."
He sentenced Egan to nine months imprisonment and, as he was led away, he was seen to wipe away tears.
A Ministry of defence spokesman said: "In the case of a custodial sentence it is normal policy to consider an administrative discharge. However, it would be inappropriate to comment on an individual case.''