Published Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Judge Babington told the men they were cowards. (© Getty)
Jason Curry, 35, from Winchester Park and David Greene, 23, from Paisley in Scotland also pleaded guilty to stealing their victim's mobile phone and MP3 player after they assaulted him in Argyle Street in the Rosemount area of the city on 14 July, 2012.
Greene, who was living in Argyle Street at the time of the assault, wept when Judge Babington passed sentence.
Their victim sustained two fractures to the left side of his face. Blood from the victim, who was described by Judge Babington as "someone of fragile mental health and who needs a crutch to assist him in his walking", was found on Curry's clothing and on Greene's shoes.
Jailing both men for six years, Judge Babington told them they were both cowards.
This was an appalling incident in which two men took advantage of a middle aged vulnerable man to such an extent that they kicked him into unconsciousness and as one of the witnesses said, treated him as though he was a football.
"This was a gratuitous attack which took place in a public street at about 8am. As so often in such cases the whole incident took place whilst the defendants were under the influence of alcohol.
"Thankfully the injured party has made a reasonable recovery but there is no doubt that what happened to him on this morning will live with him for a very long time to come.
"It was a cowardly, mean assault carried out presumably so that the injured party's personal belongings could be taken from him," he said.
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