R v RM (Preston Crown Court)
The defendant was caught on CCTV kicking a man who was lying on the floor.
The background was that following verbal dispute the man that was subsequently seen on the floor had produced a knife. He then used that knife and a broken bottle to slash the brother of RM
This resulted in horrendous facial injuries
RMs brother recounted how he thought that he had been blinded and thought that his nose had been cut off.
RM reacted to this by attacking this man and when he went to the floor he carried on that attack.
Once on the floor RM said he began to kick him in order to ensure that he could not regain his feet and attack again
The issue was whether what was seen on CCTV as against the background of the attack on RMs brother could be termed reasonable in terms of self-defence.