Four sentenced for 'vicious and brutal' attack on man who dropped dog mess in their bin

Four men sentenced for 'vicious and brutal' attack on dog walker over 'trivial matter'

Paul Hands and Darren Barnfather were handed the longest sentences

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Four men have been handed prison sentences for attacking a dog walker who had used their bin in order to dispose of dog waste.

Paul Hands, Darren Barnfather, John McCarthy and Darren Bagnall left the victim with life-changing injuries after launching the “vicious and brutal” attack with electrical wire, a golf club and a pool cue.

When Hands saw the man using the bin outside the house in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester he shouted abuse at him, but it wasn't until the next day that the attack took place.

It left the 43-year-old with a fractured skull and collarbone as well as bleeding to the brain, according to The Independent.

The dog was also attacked by the men, as Barnfather hit the animal with a piece of wood and McCarthy used its lead to swing it around in the air.

Hands has received a sentence of 13 years, Barnfather has been imprisoned for 11 years and McCarthy has been jailed for two years and six months. All three lived at the same address. 

Bagnall, who lived at a different address, has also been handed a prison sentence of two years and six months.

Simon Cropper, a detective constable with Greater Manchester Police, said the attack was over a "trivial matter" yet was "vicious and brutal."

He added: "They are fully deserving of their sentences. I hope the victim feels he has justice and I would like to commend him for his bravery."