Thug’s bru­tal at­tack on epilep­tic

Bangor Mail - - NEWS -

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.

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