Two men sentenced for fracturing man’s skull

Two men have been sentenced to a 15 months suspended sentence and are having to pay at least a £1000 fine for causing grievous bodily harm to a man last February, fracturing his skull.

The man had been celebrating his 22nd birthday in Sheffield city centre, he had been waiting by a taxi rank when he was attacked by Benyam Debas, 23, of Dryden Road and Ross Lamkin, 22, of Hawksley Road, Sheffield, at 5am on 13 February.

The two men were drunk when they went up to the man and punched him repeatedly, the court heard.

The men then got into a taxi, maliciously leaving the man lying unconscious on the ground, but were arrested when the taxi was pulled over by police.

The man’s injuries, including a fractured skull, were identified when he was seen at Peterborough hospital later that night, prosecution lawyer David Wain told the court.

Judge Rachel Harrison said to Debas and Lamkin: “You should be ashamed of yourselves. The two of you walked away, unconcerned about the man you attacked.

If I see either of you again, you will go to prison.”

The judge told the court how alcohol played a significant role in the violent attack.

Lamkin said: “I don’t know what to say. This isn’t the type of person I am. I’m disgusted at myself.”

Judge Harrison said: “These are young men who acted in a disgusting manor but I will understand that it was a one-off.”

Both men pleaded guilty to the charge and were sentenced to 15 months suspended sentence, alongside a community order.

They also need to pay £1250 in compensation, with Lamkin paying £1000.

Written by Eleanor Bate

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