Prolific offenders jailed after assault

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

One of two men, who “behaved like animals” repeatedly stamping on, kicking and punching a man the street, uttered the word “boom” as police later showed him the blow by blow CCTV footage of the attack.

After leaving the victim lying motionless in Newborough in the early hours of January 22, this year, the pair were caught by cameras “high fiving” each other as they walked back to the Zest public house in St Thomas Street.

Joshua Brady, 20, of Queens Terrace, and Dale Benson, 29, of Castle Road, appeared before York Crown Court for sentencing on a previously admitted charge of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm with intent.

Alan Mitcheson, prosecuting, told how an argument in the Zest pub carried out onto the street and resulted in the victim being chased by Benson.

He was eventually caught by Brady and dragged to the ground, Brady delivering punches while Benson stamped and kickedthe man’s head and upper body.

The pair, who too late realized they were on camera and tried to hide their identities, were tracked to the pub.

Benson was arrested immediately, but Brady not until later because he had taken off his distinctive upper clothing.

In interview Benson made no comment, but Brady appeared to be viewing CCTV footage with some amusement, exclaiming “boom” as he saw the stamps and kicks being delivered, said Mr Mitcheson.

Brady, who has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for violence, was told by the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst “you must be regarded as one of the most prolific offenders in Scarborough”.

He told the lightly convicted Benson that, of the seven stamps or kicks delivered, he had been responsible for five of them and would therefore be treated in the same way as his co-accused.

The judge sentenced Brady to four years in a Young Offenders Institute and Benson to four years jail.

Anna Wilkinson, for Benson, said her client had been “visibly mortified” by the CCTV footage and the realization of what the outcome could have been by his drunken behaviour.

For Brady, Stuart Young said his client had a “negative” upbringing by a dysfunctional family.

Judge Ashurst said the court was all too familiar with less serious assaults which had resulted in fatal consequences.