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Victim calls for harsher punishment

A man who was viciously attacked after remonstrating with thugs for tipping over wheelie bins in the street has called for more severe punishments to be handed out.

Joseph O'Reilly was punched to the ground then kicked in the face, suffering a broken jaw and bleeding to the brain.

Two of the three men involved were spared prison over the incident. Daniel Chrapkowski was pictured punching the air with delight, while Thomas Lane stuck his fingers up and squared up to photographers.

Mr O'Reilly was walking with his girlfriend in Manchester City Centre in January last year when he saw the men tipping over rubbish bins. When he asked them what they were doing they attacked him.

Lane started "shadow boxing" with Mr O'Reilly before Chrapkowski punched him in the face then tripped him. The victim was then punched and kicked in the face and stomach as he lay defenceless on the pavement before the gang ran off.

Judge Martin Steiger QC, at Manchester Crown Court, decided earlier this week to pass non-custodial sentences on Chrapkowski and Lane.

A third man, Oliver O'Neill, 23, was jailed for 27 months. O'Neill, of Bramhall, Stockport, was on bail for another attack when he assaulted Mr O'Reilly. He was given a jail sentence after he admitted two other grievous bodily harm charges.

Chrapkowski, of Offerton, Stockport was given a 12-month suspended prison term, was ordered to be electronically tagged for two months and to complete 160 hours' unpaid work after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Lane, of Offerton, who insisted he made no physical contact with the victim, admitted affray. He was given a community order for 12 months, ordered to complete 120 hours' unpaid work, abide by a curfew and pay £250 costs.

Mr O'Reilly told ITV's Daybreak programme: "My sister lives in Singapore and sent me a link last night of an individual who was jailed for a year for stealing £15. There's got to be an in-between, I'm not saying bring the death penalty back or anything like that, but there has got to be more severe punishment for people, I don't think it's fair at all. If you look at Singapore's crime rate to here, it's completely different."


From Belfast Telegraph