Teenagers jailed for 'random' bus attack
Two teenagers have been jailed after leaving an innocent man with a fractured skull during a random attack on a bus.
Paul Gaskell, 25, was punched and kicked and his head was stamped on during the five-minute assault.
Mr Gaskell, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was left with a broken jaw and fractured skull and now suffers severe headaches.
He also lost his job as a cleaner due to time off work caused by his injuries, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard.
Mr Gaskell was minding his own business on the top deck of a bus when confronted by Michael Aspin, 18, his accomplice Joshua Sumner-Stagg, 18, and another youth who cannot be named because he is only 17.
Aspin had no fewer than 49 previous offences on his record while the other two also had previous convictions.
The three teenagers got on the bus going through Oldham at around 10.45pm on January 18 this year when Aspin instantly harassed his victim for cigarettes or "burn", which is slang for cannabis.
When Mr Gaskell told them he did not smoke, Aspin responded by punching his victim in the face.
Because Mr Gaskell tried to defend himself, all three dragged him to the floor, punching and kicking him.
The victim had his head repeatedly stamped on, causing the fracture to his skull.
Mr Gaskell eventually escaped and all three offenders then got off the bus - laughing as they went. They were later identified and arrested by police.
Passing sentence, Judge Leslie Newton said: "This was a vicious, sustained attack, involving kicking and stamping on the victim, leading to serious injuries."
Aspin, of Derwent Drive, Shaw, Oldham, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.
He was sentenced to four years in a young offenders institute.
Sumner-Stagg, of Suffolk Street, Werneth, Oldham, and the 17-year-old boy both pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm.
Sumner-Stagg was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institute while the 17-year-old was sentenced to a two-year community order and given a six-month curfew.
Detective Constable Ian Webb said: "This was a random and violent attack on a man who was doing nothing other than minding his own business, trying to get home on the bus.
"Unfortunately he was joined by a group of thugs apparently intent on causing trouble. The level of assault was sickening with repeated stamps to the victim's head while he was on the floor.
"The severity of this assault has been reflected in today's sentence and I hope this will now help the victim move on from this appalling incident."
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney 'denied all knowledge' of the Twitter activity
Black Friday 2014: Opening times for Asda, John Lewis, GAME, PC World and Argos
Miss Honduras Maria Jose Alvarado's stylist Luis Alfredo Garcia is found stabbed to death
Sean Abbott: Messages of support flood in for bowler following death of batsman Phil Hughes
Dr Lam Hoe Yeoh: Voyeur doctor jailed for eight years after using network of hidden cameras to film patients, colleagues and friends on the toilet
'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
- 1 Sean Abbott: Messages of support flood in for bowler following death of batsman Phil Hughes
- 3 This letter from a reader explains why women can’t play football
- 5 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries