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Thugs jailed for attack on asylum seeker

April 15 2011
Judge condemns unprovoked attack

Three violent thugs have been locked up for a vicious assault on a homeless man. According to a national newspaper, Jack Williams (20), Jonathon Wood (19), and Ashley Dunn (21) launched the unprovoked attack after a night of heavy drinking.

The victim, a failed asylum seeker who was sleeping on a park bench, was kicked and punched repeatedly during the incident, which took place at Broadwalk Park in Salford, Greater Manchester, on 31 July last year.

CCTV evidence resulted in the three men being handed 20-month sentences at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 28 February. "This was a vicious, unprovoked attack by three fit, strong, young men against one person. An attack which was unrestricted in its ferocity in terms of violence," said Recorder Peter Cowan.

According to court reports, all the defendants are from unstable backgrounds and have previous criminal records as well as drug and alcohol addiction problems.