Attacker jailed for 10 years

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A VIOLENT thug who viciously beat and robbed an elderly cemetery worker and battered a disabled man senseless in his own home has been jailed.

Jamie Evans, 32, of Bolton Road, Atherton, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Monday at Liverpool Crown

The court heard that 73-year-old Erick Hicks who worked at Atherton cemetery on Leigh Road was preparing to lock up when he saw Evans walking along the path towards the church at around 7.30pm on riday, November 30.

The victim approached Evans and told him the cemetery was now closed. Evans punched him in the face with enough force to knock him to the floor where he continued to attack him. He threatened to stab him and demanded money.

Evans rifled through his pockets taking his black Nokia mobile phone, £20 cash, a car key and a torch. The unprovoked attack resulted in the man losing consciousness.

The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for a fractured cheek bone, a serious cut to his lip and several other bruises to his ribs, body and neck and has been left with permanent sensory injuries.

Evans was also sentenced for an assault on a disabled man which took place shortly after midnight on December 30 last year.

Evans went to a house on George Street in Atherton where he repeatedly kicked the door to get inside where he went to the victim’s bedroom and repeatedly punched the victim in the face and threatened to stab him before he left.

The victim suffered extensive bruising to his face, a blooded nose and a bite to his arm.

Detective Sergeant Nigel Rigby said: “These incidents were vicious, unprovoked and cowardly and the level of violence used, particularly in the robbery, to take a few items of little financial value was wholly unnecessary.

“The community was obviously appalled by the violent robbery. An appeal for witnesses in the media at the time brought forward important information that was crucial in bringing this man to justice. We would like to thank those people for coming forward and supporting the police through this difficult investigation. We would also like to thank the family for their support and patience throughout this lengthy process.

“Evans is a violent man who targeted vulnerable people and thankfully he has now been put behind bars. I hope this sentence brings some comfort to his victims, the victim’s family and the community of Atherton.”