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Liverpool man jailed for ‘vicious and sustained’ Lime Street attack

March 7, 2013, 12:00 pm

A Liverpool man who kicked and stamped a rail passenger he had knocked to the ground has been jailed for 12 months.

Conor Joseph Deakin, 23, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday, 28 February, for sentence having pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

The court was told Deakin, of Stamford Street, Liverpool, was at Liverpool Lime Street station at around 2.30am on Tuesday, 31 July 2012 when he began to shout abuse at a 52-year-old rail passenger.

When the rail passenger tried to placate Deakin he became aggressive and pushed the man to the ground.

Deakin then subjected the man to a vicious attack in which he was kicked, spat at, stamped on and hit with his own walking stick.

Rail staff alerted British Transport Police officers who used CCTV to locate Deakin and arrested him at the front entrance of the station.

Following the assault, the victim was taken to hospital for treatment and, despite initially being discharged, was later re-admitted and was treated as an in-patient for more than a week.

Detective Chief Inspector Malcolm McKinnon said: “Deakin subjected the victim to a sustained and particularly vicious attack which left him requiring significant hospital treatment.

“Thankfully violence of this nature is rare on the rail network, but it is as unwelcome as it is unusual.

“When violence does occur British Transport Police will do everything in its power to bring offenders to justice and, as this case demonstrates, will not hesitate to put them before the courts.”

 
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