Two drug abusers have been jailed for a robbery which left a man with such severe injuries that he could not talk properly for eight weeks
Russell McKalroy, 37, who has 65 previous convictions, strangled, punched and kicked Mr George Hague, 32, before robbing him of £30.
McKalroy was joined by Timothy Doyle, who was seen to punch Mr Hague 10 times in the face and body.
One held the victim while the other rained blows on him.
The pair appeared before Hull Crown Court where a judge jailed McKalroy for three years and Doyle for two-and-a-half years. The court heard that the attack happened after Mr Hague’s mother had withdrawn £30 for him to go for a drink in Driffield.
The day before, Mr Hague had allegedly been at McKalroy’s flat desperate to buy drugs and stole £70 from him, defence barrister Steven Garth told the court.
McKalroy and fellow addict Doyle, 33, came across Mr Hague as he walked across the Cattle Market to the bridge around 9.30pm on February 1.
Crown barrister Jharna Jobes said Doyle started shouting abuse, telling Mr Hague: “There’s someone who wants to see you!” before McKalroy appeared. “Russell McKalroy grabbed Mr Hague around the neck and punched him twice in the face.
He said: “Normally I carry a knife on me. Luckily I don’t have it, because I was going to stab you up.”
While this happened Doyle, who has 15 previous convictions, was shouting and egging on McKalroy.
McKalroy punched him again three times. Doyle said: “Let’s take him down the street up the passage and see if he has any money on him.”
Mr Hague was trying to shout for help, but McKalroy tightened the head-lock, strangling him. Blood came out of his nose.
Mr Hague offered to take them to a cash point where he knew there was CCTV but McKalroy held on to him as Doyle took his wallet out of his pocket, snatched £30 and threw the wallet on the floor.
As Mr Hague got down to pick it up, he was pushed on the floor and kicked three times in the legs and three times in the head.
Mr Hague got to his feet and ran as one shouted: “You have not heard the last of this.”
Doyle ran up next to him and said: “If you even think about telling the police, you will get stabbed.”
Mrs Jobes said a witness saw Doyle punch Hague 10 times in the face and body.
Mr Hague went home and told his mother what had happened. He had injuries to his head and throat, bruises on his face, nose and arms and a cut on his left knee. He could not speak properly for eight weeks.
Doyle, of Howl Lane, Hutton Cranswick, and McKalroy of Cranbeck Close, Bridlington, both pleaded guilty to one charge of robbery and appeared at court for sentence. Doyle admitted three further charges of theft, and McKalroy admitted possession of 75 diazapam tablets.
McKalroy angrily told the judge: “Mr Hague came in my house and burgled me. He took £70 which was to pay the electric for me and my daughter. He should be sat in the dock now. I am the one who is going to prison for being burgled.”
Mitigating for Doyle, barrister Julia Baggs said he had an addiction problem earlier in his life and had been crime free for six-and-a-half years. She said he suffered from depression and had a young daughter his mother was helping him see regularly. He was trying to get work as a paving contractor.
Recorder Kate Buckingham, sentencing, said: “It may be that you, McKalroy, had a grievance that the man had stolen money from you the night before while you were trying to help him.
“Whatever the legitimate grievance you had about money, it did not support what followed.
“There can be no legal reason for that robbery.
“This was a sustained attack on a man who had injuries to his head and throat so he could not speak properly for a number of weeks.
“He had injuries to his head, a bloody nose and grazing to his arms and legs. The offence was further aggravated because there were two of you.
“One held the complainant while the other rained blows on him.”