School bully sub­jected vic­tim to ter­ror or­deal

Stockport Express - - Front Page - STeve RoBson

TWO men were robbed, punched, uri­nated on, had al­co­hol poured over them and threat­ened with rape in a night of ‘mean, vile and gross’ tor­ment, a court heard.

The vic­tims were giv­ing friends a lift when Matthew Mee­han and Jake O’Reilly, both aged 26, spot­ted them at a petrol sta­tion in Of­fer­ton at around 2am.

By chance, Mee­han recog­nised the driver as some­one he had bul­lied at school.

The pair then forced their way into his car, even though there was no room, and de­manded to be driven around the Stock­port area, Min­shull Street Crown Court heard.

Mee­han, who has a long his­tory of of­fend­ing, added: “You know what time it is for me bro. I’m fresh out of pen. I’m a gang­ster.”

He told the driver’s friend, who was also sit­ting in the car: “You look a bit shaky. You should be f***ing shak­ing around me.” Mee­han, from Chea­dle Hulme, al­ready had an abysmal crim­i­nal record at the age of 26.

He was locked up in 2016 for a ran­dom at­tack on a dad in the street which left him with a frac­tured skull and a bleed on the brain.

ASCHOOL bully boasted of be­ing ‘fresh out of pen’ be­fore tor­ment­ing his vic­tim once again has been jailed.

Matthew Mee­han al­ready had an abysmal crim­i­nal record at the age of 26.

Mee­han was locked up in 2016 for a ran­dom at­tack on a dad in the street which left him with a frac­tured skull and a bleed on the brain.

The thug was jailed for three years and four months after ad­mit­ting af­fray and as­sault.

A court heard how Mee­han was still on li­cence for those of­fences when he em­barked on yet more vi­o­lence last De­cem­ber. He and pal Jake O’Reilly sub­jected two young men they knew from school to a two-and-a-half hour bul­ly­ing or­deal that left them scream­ing, cry­ing and cov­ered in cuts and bruises.

They were punched, kicked, uri­nated on, robbed and threat­ened with a bro­ken bot­tle and rape as they were driven around the Stock­port area.

The sadis­tic at­tack only came to an end when Mee­han and O’Reilly de­manded to be taken to the 24-hour McDon­ald’s in Stock­port town cen­tre and be­gan as­sault­ing a se­cu­rity guard.

The vic­tims locked them­selves in the dis­abled toi­lets un­til po­lice ar­rived. Mee­han, from Chea­dle Hulme and O’Reilly were jailed for six years and three months for charges in­clud­ing false im­pris­on­ment and as­sault, and a fur­ther nine months for the af­fray in McDon­ald’s at Manch­ester Min­shull Street Crown.

Sen­tenc­ing them, Judge Ber­nadette Bax­ter said both al­ready have ‘bad’ crim­i­nal records and de­served ‘lengthy’ prison terms.

She said the night of ter­ror had been ‘a lifechang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’ for both vic­tims and that they had been caused ‘real psy­cho­log­i­cal harm’.

The pair were given only mi­nor credit for ad­mit­ting their guilt at a late stage and even their own bar­ris­ters strug­gled to find mit­i­ga­tion.

Ian McMeekin, de­fend­ing Mee­han, said: “It is al­ways dif­fi­cult to mit­i­gate when the facts of the of­fend­ing are so mean, gross and vile. Bul­ly­ing seems too tame a word.”

Chudi Grant, de­fend­ing O’Reilly, in­sisted that his client was not the prime in­sti­ga­tor of some of the threats, though he was present through­out.

The court heard how on the night of De­cem­ber 9 last year, Mee­han and O’Reilly were at a Gulf petrol sta­tion in Of­fer­ton at around 2am when they recog­nised the driver at one of the pumps as some­one Mee- han had bul­lied at school.

The pair then forced their way into his car, even though there was no room, and de­manded to be taken to Chea­dle, the court heard.

Mee­han, who has a long his­tory of of­fend­ing, added: “You know what time it is for me bro.

“I’m fresh out of pen. I’m a gang­ster.”

He told the driver’s friend, who was also sit­ting in the car: “You look a bit shaky. You should be **** ing shak­ing around me.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Paul Dock­ery told the court how the driver then al­lowed two friends, a woman and a man, to get out of his car and promised to be ‘back in ten min­utes’.

But over the course of the next two-and-a-half hours, the driver and his re­main­ing pal were left scream­ing and cry­ing as they were re­peat­edly as­saulted, hu­mil­i­ated and threat­ened by Mee­han and O’Reilly un­til the in­ci­dent at McDon­ald’s.

When po­lice ar­rived they found the two men cov­ered in cuts and bruises.

The driver said Mee­han had warned he knew his home ad­dress, adding: “If you go to the po­lice with this, I’ll burn your **** ing house down.”

Mee­han and O’Reilly re­mained si­lent as they were sen­tenced.

l●Matthew Mee­han

●●Matthew Mee­han, and in­set, Jake O’Reilly

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