Thug’s brutal attack on epileptic
A THUG punched, kicked and stamped on a defenceless epileptic man lying in a road in an Anglesey village – after the victim had tried to collect a £3.24 debt.
Graphic CCTV footage was played at Caernarfon crown court, which was told the 44-year-old victim had been unconscious and had fractures to his hip and arm. He spent around a month in hospital.
James Reilly, 25, of Tyddyn Pwrpas, Newborough, who admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent at the village, was jailed for five years for the attack.
He will serve a consecutive prison sentence of six months after pleading guilty to having a Stanley knife on an earlier occasion.
The court heard a drunken Reilly handed the weapon to a doorman who saw him at Caernarfon last January.
Prosecuting counsel Sion ap Mihangel said that, on April 25, Reilly had asked to borrow £5 from Malcolm Jones.
He was given £3.24 and refused to repay it when Mr Jones went to collect his money later that day.
Defence barrister Jonathan Austin said Reilly claimed the victim had come at him with a chair leg and it was a case of “excessive self-defence”.
The judge imposed a five-and-a-half years total prison term and a restraining order was also made.