A disabled woman was battered unconscious by a drunk thug who attacked her with a beer bottle then punched and stamped on her in an unprovoked street attack.
Darryn O’Loughlin was locked up for two years by a judge who described it as a “mean and despicable sustained attack”.
The 24-year-old was high on cocaine and later described himself as being ELEVEN on a drunkenness scale of one to ten.
O’Loughlin was carrying a beer bottle when he stopped two women near to Leeds Station on October 6 last year and asked about buying cocaine.
Leeds Crown Court heard the victim sufferers from arthritis in both her legs and is unable to use her left arm.
The woman sat down on a bench and told O’Loughlin that she didn’t want anything to do with drugs.
The thug called the woman “boring” before hitting her around the head with the bottle.
He began shouting “I’m going to kill you” as he punched and kicked her repeatedly. The victim was knocked unconscious and was later taken to hospital by ambulance. She suffered bruising to her eye, swelling to her jaw and injuries to her scalp.
O’Loughlin was arrested by police after being identified by passers-by who witnessed the attack. He pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
O’Loughlin, of Springbank Road, Chesterfield, has 23 previous convictions, mainly for theft and dishonesty.
Thomas Stanway, mitigating, said:
“He is struggling to come to terms with the fact that he behaved in such a despicable manner.”
Mr Stanway said O’Loughlin had been in custody since the attack and had been taking part in a course for violent offenders.
Recorder Abdul Iqbal, QC, said:
“It is merciful that there was not more serious injury caused to the victim. The complainant was clearly vulnerable because of her mental and physical difficulties.”