A repeat offender faces another spell behind bars after admitting his part in what was previously branded an animalistic attack in Stratton.

Liam Philips was part of a group that attacked a Good Samaritan outside Meadowcroft community centre in June 2018.

The 20-year-old, formerly of Ruskin Avenue, who was caged last year for using a van to ram two teenagers off mopeds, had been due to stand trial this week on an allegation of affray.

But on the morning his trial was due to begin at Swindon Crown Court on Monday he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He will be sentenced on Thursday for the affray and a number of other unrelated matters, including dealing cannabis.

A number of others, including two youths, have already been sentenced for their part in the brawl on June 22, 2018.

Last year, Swindon Youth Court heard the group’s male victim had been walking past Meadowcroft community centre in Stratton when he saw a group of youngsters harassing another man.

He stepped into intervene, drawing the attention of a larger group of older men.

The victim heard the sound of a Taser being fired. The weapon’s barbs struck him in the back of the head, rendering him unconscious.

CCTV showed him falling to the floor immediately, lying on the ground motionless. The group then piled-in, punching and kicking the victim’s body and head.

Another member of the group went over to a nearby van to grab an axe, but was caught by police before he could return to the fray.

Sentencing a 14-year-old member of the group, who could be seen stamping on the victim, last December, youth court bench chairman David Barrand said: “There is no escaping the fact this was an almost animalistic attack by a group and you were part of that group.”