A 34-year-old Barnsley man has been sent to prison for 11-years after admitting assaulting two men.
Shaun Tolley, formerly of York Street, Barnsley, appeared before Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Monday 18 March) where he was sentenced to 11-years in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of Section 18 assault and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The court heard how Tolley assaulted two men within a short time of one another in the Cudworth area of Barnsley on Saturday 27 October 2018, into the early hours of Sunday 28 October.
In the first assault, Tolley attacked a 27-year-old man, causing serious injuries that required hospital treatment.
A short time later on Barnsley Road in Cudworth, a 44-year-old former soldier asked Tolley if he was alright, as he appeared to be bloodied. Tolley assaulted this man as well, causing significant life-changing injuries.
Detective Constable Emma Shipley, the investigating officer, said: “Tolley’s senseless actions that night have had a significant impact on the lives of his victims.
“There was no reason or motive for the second attack, the victim simply asked if Tolley was alright. A kind gesture, which was met with violence. This man will live with the effects of his injuries for the rest of his life and has had to undergo reconstructive facial surgery.
“He has received a lengthy custodial sentence, which reflects the gravity of his offending. Though this will not undo the injuries caused to his victims, I hope they are reassured by the action taken by officers to promptly investigate this awful incident and bring Tolley before the courts.”
The family of the retired soldier sent flowers and a thank you card to officers in Barnsley CID following the hearing, thanking them for their work on the investigation (pictured).
A witness, who provided vital CCTV footage to the investigation, was always awarded £500 from the courts.
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