A violent thug has been jailed for more than six years after this horrific assault in Aldershot town centre on a complete stranger.

Shocking CCTV footage captured the moment Liam Brannan forced a man to the ground and punched him repeatedly, before stamping on his head more than a dozen times.

The video shows the 21-year-old being restrained by witnesses in the street outside Aldershot Town's ground in High Street.

He then walks towards the victim lying on the pavement and "kicks him on the back of the head like a football".

Less than two months after the "mindless assault", Brannan, while on bail, attacked another man in a takeaway food store, biting him on the face.

Brannan was jailed for six and a half years for ABH and wounding with intent to cause GBH

Brannan was jailed for six-and-a-half-years during a hearing at Winchester Crown Court on May 12, where he admitted charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).

The court heard how in the early hours of October 30, 2015, Brannan exchanged words with Liam Crook on a road outside the football stadium.

Shortly afterwards, Brannan dragged Mr Crook to the railing on the side of the road where he begun to punch him on the face and head.

Brannan then forced Mr Crook to the floor and stamped on his head around 13 times before witnesses rushed over and pulled him away.

However, he broke free of the witnesses’ restraints and strode towards Mr Crook, kicking him in the back of the head.

'Permanent scarring'

Brannan, who has a previous conviction for assaulting a police officer, was arrested and on December 6, while on bail, he visited a takeaway store while on a night out.

He saw an altercation between Russell Fletcher, who again he didn’t know, and another customer inside the food store so decided to intervene.

Brannan swung at Mr Fletcher before putting him in a headlock and biting him on his forehead.

Edward Phillips prosecuting said: “Mr Crook was assaulted near Aldershot [Town] Football Club.

“He was approached by Mr Brannan and there was some exchange of words. Shortly after that, the defendant carried out a prolonged and repeated assault.

"Video footage really describes the assault better than any words can.

After wrestling Mr Crook to the ground, Brannan proceeds to repeatedly stamp on his head

“You can see in the video the men exchange words and then... Mr Crook is forced to the ground and punched, kicked, and stamped on the head.

“The kick after was described by witnesses as someone kicking a football.

“Mr Crook suffers from epilepsy and since the attack it has been significantly exacerbated. His fits per week have been doubled and he now has three to four a week.

“Mr Crook received a fractured eye socket from the attack and has permanent scarring on his face. He also couldn’t open his eyes for four days [after the attack].”

Mr Phillips said on the second attack, Brannan consumed half a bottle of Jack Daniels whisky, nine beers and 10 Jäger Bombs - and later told police he was "10 out of 10 on the drunk scale".

'Mindless assault'

Aleksander Lloyd, defending Brannan, said: “It’s quite apparent at the time of these offences he [Brannan] was going through a difficult period.

“It’s also right to say that these offences have triggered Mr Brannan and have made him take steps to look into his history and try and fix what he can.

“He has taken steps to better himself.”

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Barnett said: “It has been graphically shown that you engaged in a fight and severely beat this man on the head.

The judge said Brannan kicked Mr Crook's head 'like he was taking a penalty'

“You dragged Mr Crook across the road, you punched him and literally stamped on his head a number of times.

“And then, as if that was not bad enough, you kicked Mr Crook in the back of the head like you were taking a penalty. People who behave like that can only be punished by a custodial sentence.

“As far as Mr Crook is concerned, he suffered cuts and bruises from the attack and had a fractured eye socket.

“The most significant thing about your mindless assault is that Mr Crook suffers from two times more fits every week.”

Judge Barnett jailed Brannan for six years for the street assault and six months for biting the man in the takeaway, to be served consecutively. He was also ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.