Army man beat tramp to death

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A FOR­MER sol­dier who bat­tered a home­less man to death in St He­lens has been jailed.

Stephen Thomas, 26, orig­i­nally from Wi­gan, re­peat­edly hit Dar­ren Bol­ger in the face be­fore twice stamp­ing on his face.

Thomas, who had trained in the Army as a boxer be­fore leav­ing deemed “tem­per­a­men­tally un­suit­able”, had treated his vic­tim as “a de­fence­less punch­bag,” said Mr Jus­tice Hen­riques.

The judge ruled that Thomas poses a sig­nif­i­cant risk of se­ri­ous harm to the public and im­posed an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence for public pro­tec­tion.

“This was an at­tack in a public place in­volv­ing gra­tu­itous vi­o­lence to a to­tal stranger, wit­nessed by a 12-year-old boy,” he said.

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