A pair of thugs carried out a brutal attack on a man before leaving him for dead in the street, a court has heard.
Jamie Crake and Leigh Glave repeatedly kicked and stamped on their victim after taking him to the floor, and threatened him with a knife.
They then took him mobile phones and cash, and casually walked off.
Swansea Crown Court heard that a resident living nearby who saw the incident thought the pair had killed their victim.
Hannah George, prosecuting, said in the early hours of May 4 this year Crake and Glave approached a man walking down Pendarvis Terrace in Port Talbot.
Crake threatened the man with a knife before the pair took him to the ground and began repeatedly kicking him to the head, and stamping on him.
The court heard the victim quickly lost consciousness, and as he lay defenceless on the floor the pair continued their attack, with 50-year-old Glave delivering powerful stamps to his head, stomach and testicles.
The pair then briefly walked away before returning to go through the stricken man’s pockets, and steal his two mobile phones along with £200 in cash.
Miss George said a resident living nearby who was awoken by the disturbance later described the defendants as acting like “wild animals”. The witness called 999, and with the victim laying motionless on the street for some considerable time “she did not believe he was living”.
The court heard the victim did eventually regain consciousness, and made several attempts to stand before staggering away along the street. By the time the emergency services arrived on the scene he had gone.
Police were able to identify the attackers from CCTV, and set out to find them. A house linked to Crake was searched that evening – the 31-year-old was not present but one of the victim’s phones was found at the property. An “extremely intoxicated” Crake was found on Forge Road in the town in the early hours of May 6 in possession of the victim’s other phone as well as a chisel, torch, and Valium tablets. That same afternoon Glave was arrested in the Sandfields area of Port Talbot.
Both defendants subsequently gave “no comment interviews”.
Crake, of no fixed abode, and Glave, of Victoria Road, Sandfields, Port Talbot, had both previously pleaded guilty to robbery when they appeared in the dock together via videolink from Swansea prison. Crake had also pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, and to burgling a hairdressers on Forge Road on May 6 when he smashed his way through the front door and stole a CCTV camera, cash from the till, and £200 in hair care products.
The court heard Crake has 17 previous convictions for 38 offences including for house and non-dwelling burglaries, inflicting grievous bodily harm, possession of offensive weapons, 22 for theft and kindred matters, and two for robbery or attempted robbery – one of these had seen him beat a shop worker with a wooden chair leg.
Glave has 18 previous convictions for 40 offences including one for inflicting grievous bodily harm, and 27 for theft and kindred matters. His last conviction was for shoplifting in February this year.
Giles Hayes, for Crake, said his client had grown-up in Kidderminster where he endured a “very difficult childhood” – including witnessing domestic violence – before moving to Wales as a teenager. He said the defendant then fell in with a “group of like minded individuals” and became involved in alcohol and drug abuse. The advocate added: “He realises that until he shows motivation to change his life he is going to be incarcerated for many, many years.”
John Tarrant, for Glave, said the robbery was the kind of incident his client had never imagined himself getting involved in. He said the defendant had a degree, had worked for a charity, and had been out of trouble for some considerable length of time before the breakdown of a relationship saw him returning to offending.
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Judge Paul Thomas QC told the pair they had carried out a brutal robbery which had left their victim unconscious in the street.
He said the pair had used a “savage” level of violence, and the CCTV was “sickening” to watch making even him, an experienced judge hardened to watching such footage in court, wince.
Giving Crake credit for his guilty pleas the judge give him to a 12-year extended sentence for public protection comprising eight years in custody, and an extended four years on licence. The defendant can apply for parole at the two-thirds mark of the custodial element but will only be released when the Parole Board consider he is no longer a danger.
Giving Glave credit fo his guilty plea – which was entered on the day he was due to stand trial – the judge sentenced him to seven years.
Speaking after the sentencing South Wales Police temporary detective inspector David Wells said: “This was a vicious and unprovoked attack on the victim where he was repeatedly punched and kicked to the head and body – even when he lay unconscious on the ground.
“Instead of calling for help the defendants come back and rob the victim. Miraculous the victim did manage to get up and walk off after the incident.
“Violence of any kind will not be tolerated and these offenders will now be spending time behind bars.”