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Man sentenced to 32 months in prison for violent attack - Manchester

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A man who attacked another man, beating him to the floor and then stealing his wallet at Manchester Piccadilly station, has been sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

Michael McEwan, aged 29, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assault and theft at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 8 May and was  sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 21 June. 

He was sentenced to 32 months’ imprisonment and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £170.00.

The attack happened on Saturday 6 May this year at around 4.50am. The victim, a 40-year-old man, was standing outside Greggs near Manchester Piccadilly station when he was approached by McEwan who asked him for a cigarette.

The victim told him to leave him alone, and McEwan punched him in the face several times.

The victim walked to the doors of the station and McEwan pursued him before punching and kicking him again, causing the victim to fall over. McEwan straddled the victim and punched his face on several more occasions before stamping on his head.

He walked away but then came back to go through the victim’s pockets, punched him again several times and then stole his wallet.

McEwan ran away but was stopped by police and arrested minutes later.

Investigating officer, Det Con Craig Halpin, said: “McEwan admitted that he had attacked the victim and said himself that his behaviour was disgraceful. In interview he stated that he had returned to the victim he had left lying semi-conscious on the floor and decided to steal from him because he had ‘annoyed him’.

“This was a shockingly violent attack and theft and I am pleased that McEwan has received a substantial prison sentence.”

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