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Three jailed after man left with life-changing injuries - Leeds



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Three men have today been jailed after a man was left with life-changing injuries following a serious assault in Leeds Station.

Following the violent incident on February 2nd, the three men all pleaded guilty to various charges at Leeds Crown Court on June 20th.

Zak Higgins, 19, and of Lanark Drive, Mexborough, pleaded guilty to GBH and has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Leon Squires, 20, of Grange Way, Doncaster, pleaded guilty to ABH and common assault and has been sentenced to ten months in prison.

Ben Pickering, 18, of Hollywell Lane, Rotherham, pleaded guilty to ABH and has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

On February 2nd at around 10pm, the victim, a 23-year-old man, had returned to Leeds station with his brother after a day watching football with friends and family.

They got into a verbal altercation with a group of men, including Higgins, Squires and Pickering, which soon turned into a physical and violent fight.

The three men assaulted the victim’s brother, a 29-year-old man, with numerous kicks and hits to the face.

Squires then punched the victim to the back of the head, leaving him dizzy and unsteady on his feet.

The fight began to break up and the groups separated, but Higgins crossed back across the station concourse and punched the victim to the face knocking him unconscious before he fell backwards onto the floor.

Higgins and Pickering ran away from the station, while Squires was quickly arrested by BTP officers nearby.

The victim was in an induced coma for a number of weeks after the attack, having suffered severe bleeds to the brain which have left him with life-changing injuries.

He spent nearly three months in hospital and will require ongoing rehabilitation.

The victim’s brother also sustained minor head injuries from the attack.

Detective Sergeant Tom Eastwood said: "This was a shocking display of violence and the three defendants should be utterly ashamed of their behaviour.  

"The victim was critically ill for some time and the impact on him really cannot be underestimated. I wish him all the best on his road to recovery. 
"There is absolutely no excuse for violence on the railway network and I hope this sends a serious message that it simply will not be tolerated."



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