Oct 24 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A FATHER is furious that a thug who beat up his daughter and her friend in a random attack has escaped jail.
The Ormskirk dad contacted the Advertiser to tell of his fury that Jonathan McKenna had only received a six-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months.
McKenna, 23, approached the two girls in Ormskirk town centre on a Saturday night last month.
He became aggressive before punching both girls, gripping one by the neck while he violently beat her.
Both girls suffered severe facial injuries as a result of the attack, including a fractured jaw.
Horrified onlookers rushed to the girls’ aid on September 22 and restrained McKenna while waiting for the police to come.
When police arrived McKenna leapt on them, grabbing one policeman and holding him in a headlock for six minutes.
McKenna, of Maghull was eventually arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and was taken to Ormskirk police station for questioning.
While being questioned it appeared that he had stolen a bike from a teenager earlier in the day and was on his way home to Maghull when he turned on the two girls.
McKenna appeared at Ormskirk Magistrates Court on October 8.
He pleaded guilty to four offences; assault of two females, restricting a constable in the execution of his duty and taking a pedal cycle without consent of the owner.
In mitigation, it was said that McKenna's father was a serving prison officer and any custodial sentence passed couldn't be served locally and travelling to a prison outside the area would cause undue hardship to the family.
McKenna was ordered to pay £2000 compensation to the girls, £150 compensation to the boy whose bike he took and £85 costs.
In an email to the Advertiser the furious father said: “McKenna decided for no other reason than his own amusement to viciously attack my daughter and her friend.
“The suspended sentence means that McKenna is free to roam the streets and terrorise other Ormskirk females.
“The wrong message is given to cowardly thugs intent on bringing mindless violence to our streets.
“I hope this case serves as a warning to law abiding decent citizens of our town as to what is out there.”