by Gopalan on  July 30, 2008 at 4:19 PM General Health News
 Five British Youngsters Including a Girl Jailed for Brutal Attack on Man
Five British youngsters including a girl have been jailed for brutal attack on a man in March last. The vicious kicks and punches captured on CCTV are found sickening.

After an argument with the 27-year-old victimthe groupbashed and robbed the man, an actpolice describedas "mindless violence at its worst".

Peter Shaw (20), Andrew Harbourne (19), Joshua McErlean (19) and an unnamed 17-year-old boy punched, kicked and stamped on the man even after he fell unconscious and blood started to pool around his head.

The video showed three of the group running off whileShaw and 18-year-old Gemma Stafford stayed behind, withthe young womanrifling through the victim's pockets to steal money and cigarettes.

She evenrolled the victim overto get access to his front pockets whileShaw continued to kick the victim in thehead.

Shaw took one last running kick at the victim's head before they left him for dead, police said.

Detective Sergeant Lee Johnson of Greater Manchester police said it was "sheer luck" that the victim suffered only minor injuries.

"The ferocity of the blows to his head could have caused serious and lasting damage. Their actions were sickening to watch and is mindless violence at its worst," he said.

"The group were prepared to lie their way out of it, Stafford in particular who only decided to change her account when she was faced with CCTV footage.

"I am pleased to see these thugs have been brought to justice for their callous behaviour and the victim can start to put the incident behind him.

"This case also helps to show how valuable CCTV and the quality of the footage has been a major assistance in putting these yobs behind bars."

Shaw, Harbourne and McErlean were sentenced to four years each while the girl Gemma Stafford and the 17-year-old to 18 months each.

Source: Medindia

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