A Wigan man kicked someone in the head during a town centre fight just months before he ran over and killed a 13-year-old boy.
Four months earlier, on March 14, he was out in Wigan with Reece Hargreaves, 21, and some other friends.
Wilson and Hargreaves were followed through the town centre by Daniel Halsall, following an earlier incident, prosecution barrister Peter Malone told Bolton Crown Court.
CCTV footage played in court appeared to show Wilson throw something at Mr Halsall as the pair fled toward a church courtyard.
Once in the church courtyard, Wilson appears to arm himself with a bottle.
Mr Halsall is also seen coming into the courtyard with what appeared to be a vodka bottle in his hand.
After an altercation in the courtyard, Mr Halsall returns to the street, where he is dragged to the floor.
Hargreaves is seen on CCTV kicking him in the body. Wilson then appears to kick Mr Halsall in the body and the pair run back towards the courtyard.
One of them was then seen on CCTV pushing a woman, called Sarah Lenoan.
Wilson and Hargreaves were both arrested and gave no comment interviews.
Mr Halsall was treated for a cut to his head, which he said was caused by a bottle. Miss Lenoan suffered bruising to her face.
In a victim personal statement, Miss Lenoan said that she made her children stay with family after the incident as she did not want them to see her injuries.
Wilson, of Livingstone Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, pleaded guilty to a section 20 assault.
Hargreaves, of Crofton Road, Tranmere, pleaded guilty to affray.
Defending Hargreaves, Mark Phillips told the court that he has no previous convictions.
He added that Hargreaves has Asperger’s and that he was trying to make friends, after recently moving into the area.
“I would suggest he is a vulnerable young man himself,” Mr Phillips said.
“He wanted to be accepted by someone.”
Wilson was defended by Neil Ronan.
Mr Ronan told the court that at the time of the offence, he was a “young man spiralling out of control”.
He said that since his death by dangerous driving conviction, he has lost his mother and grandmother and suffers with mental health issues due to the guilt of his crime.
Mr Ronan added: “It would appear that the kick to his head and his behaviour in general was due to mutual confrontation.
“It is an impulsive and spontaneous assault which follows having been picked up by the complainant and thrown to the ground.”
Wilson, who is currently serving a five year prison sentence at HMP Deerbolt, was sentenced to an extra six months for the assault.
The judge, Recorder Ciaran Rankin sentenced Hargreaves to a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.
He will also have to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
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