A man jailed for kicking a rough sleeper in the face says he wants to move prisons after receiving death threats.
Theo Maulba, 24, was filmed talking angrily to the ‘vulnerable’ victim before launching the attack outside a Tesco Express in Liverpool city centre.
Shocking footage of the incident soon went viral and sparked a police investigation.
Maulba was arrested and appeared in court on Monday, where he admitted assault by beating and possession of a class B drug.
After the judge sentenced him to 16 weeks in prison, Maulba addressed the court once more to request to move prisons.
He said: ‘You know ‘cause I’ve had death threats, can you send me to a different prison?’
Carl Nadim, defending, said Maulba had received the death threats as a result of the footage being posted on social media.
District Judge Wendy Lloyd told Maulba that a request for him to be moved from HMP Liverpool would be made.
Detailing the incident in court, prosecutor Hannah Scott said Maulba approached the victim on a push bike and was seen ‘leaning over’ him in an ‘agitated’ state.
The court heard how Maulba kicked him, causing his ‘head to recoil’.
Police were later provided with the footage and approached the victim, who did not wish to provide an interview and ‘said he did not report the incident’.
After Maulba was identified, police attended his address and discovered spice, a synthetic drug.
Mr Nadim, defending, said Maulba admitted the offences at the earliest opportunity.
‘He has been a person who has frequented the homeless lifestyle himself and he has become friends with the victim,’ he said.
Mr Nadim said Maulba knew the victim and had intended to take spice with him.
District Judge Lloyd, sentencing Maulba, said: ‘I have had a good clear breakdown of the footage. You seem to be leaning over, you are agitated.
‘He is on the floor and you kick him when he is vulnerable and unable to defend himself. You can see his head go back.’
Following the hearing, Detective Inspector Jennie Beck said: ‘Maulba will now spend the festive season and New Year behind bars, and I hope he spends that time thinking very hard about his behaviour that night, and the impact it has had.
‘Thankfully the victim was not seriously hurt, but his actions appalled and upset so many.’