Four men who beat a dog owner with a golf club and pool cue because he put a bag of dog poo in their bin have been jailed.
The victim suffered a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain in the attack in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on 7 July.
His dog was swung by its lead and beaten with wood.What sort of animals are these?
Paul Hands, 38, who planned the attack, was jailed for 13 years for assault. Three others were jailed for up to 11 years. At Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Darren Barnfather, 51, of Holebottom, was sentenced to 11 years for assault. John McCarthy, 52, was jailed for two-and-a-half years. Darren Bagnell, 51, of Hilton Cresent, Ashton-under-Lyne, also got two-and-a-half years.Harsh sentencing (for the modern UK). That says to me this wasn't their first offence.
Det Con Simon Cropper, of Greater Manchester Police, said the "vicious" attack was over "such a trivial matter".Yet fails to utter the usual platitudes about this being 'an isolated offence'...