by Rod Hopkinson
A woman, her boyfriend and another man have been jailed for life for a drunken assault on a pensioner which left him “drowning in his own blood”.
Leeann Lamb, 21, and her partner Jonathon Langley, 22, both of Prospect Road, Six Lane Ends, Heckmondwike, and Ian Trafford, 46, of Maythorne Avenue, Staincliffe, Batley, will spend at least 14 years behind bars before being considered for parole .
The court had heard Jankee Jaimungal, 72, left, was found on the floor of his flat in Woodfield Avenue, Staincliffe, with blood-stained towels covering his injuries.
He had been stamped and kicked on, had black eyes, and severe rib fractures. His teeth were poking out from his lower lip.
The jury heard the cause of death was “repeated and forceful blows to his head, face and neck.”
Passing sentence at Leeds Crown Court, Mrs Justice Swift said: “This was a vicious and sustained attack resulting in terrible external and internal injuries on your victim.”
She said blood poured into his airways and he was unable to expel the heavy bleeding which led to his death.
The court heard Trinidad-born Mr Jaimungal had suffered mental health problems, and was regarded as a “soft target” by his assailants for money which they took from him to spend on drink.
He had been assaulted before his violent killing and had prophetically told a neighbour: “One day they will kill me.”
Days later he was savagely beaten up after making a remark to Lamb which her boyfriend found offensive while they were having a drinking session.
But Mrs Justice Swift said Langley had “grossly overreacted” and this led to their victim being knocked to the ground which sparked the assault in Trafford’s flat on March 20.
Mr Jaimungal was then stamped repeatedly on his face, chest and neck and before his killers left – leaving their victim dying while they went to an off-licence to buy more drink.