Jail for man who stamped on 62-year-old victim’s head nine times

William Beckett

William Beckett

A man who assaulted two others after they asked him for a cigarette has been jailed for six years.

The violent assault took place in the early hours of Saturday, July 2 when the two men were in the waiting room at Dewsbury train station when William Beckett entered with a friend.

When one of the men asked Beckett, of Springfield Terrace, Dewsbury, if he could borrow a cigarette, he responded aggressively, leading the man to walk away.

Beckett, 31, then began to walk off over the station overbridge with his friend but then turned back, walked into the waiting area and punched one of the men, who was 62-years-old, to the ground, kicking and stamping on his head.

When his friend attempted to stop the attack he too was punched to the ground but managed to get to his feet and run off to raise the alarm.

Beckett continued his frenzied attack until his friend intervened, dragging him off the victim and marching him up the steps and back over the bridge and out of the station.

However a few minutes later he returned and violently assaulted the victim again, pushing him to the floor and stamping on his head nine times. The assault only stopped when he was pulled away by his friend for a second time.

Police attended and Beckett was arrested at the scene.

Beckett was jailed for six years and eight months at Leeds Crown Court, after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm.

Detective Constable David Bentley from BTP said: “This was a completely unprovoked, violent and sustained attack which Beckett could offer no explanation for, other than the fact he had been drinking throughout the day.

“The victim suffered cuts to his face and head, a broken arm and dislocated shoulder. He had to have an operation and months later was still taking painkillers and had some movement problems with his shoulder. He was extremely lucky that despite the level of violence used against him he didn’t receive any brain damage or life changing physical injuries.”