Victim may never walk again after drunken attack by Leeds thugs

Jordan Cowie and James Ross.
Jordan Cowie and James Ross.
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TWO violent thugs carried out a ‘merciless’ drunken attack on a man that was so severe their victim may never walk again.

Jordan Cowie and James Ross were jailed for a total of more than 16 years yesterday over the horrific incident outside the Waggon and Horses pub in Stanningley, Leeds.

Victim Paul Stott, 39, suffered a broken hip and pelvic bones, a broken elbow, a broken nose and five fractured ribs after being repeatedly punched, kicked and stamped upon by the pair.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cowie, 22, and Ross, 26, also attacked Mr Stott’s sister, Rachel, and her partner Michael Cunningham during the incident in the early hours of October 25 last year. Christopher Jackson, prosecuting, said the victims were on their way home from celebrating Mr Cunningham’s 40th birthday when the attack happened.

Cowie and Ross had been drinking at a property nearby and were on their way to buy more booze when there was a confrontation.

Mr Cunningham was punched several times in the face and his girlfriend was knocked to the floor.

The two men then carried out the serious sustained attack on Mr Stott. Police found a trail of blood leading back into the pub where Mr Stott had dragged himself to raise the alarm as he realised his injuries were so severe.

He spent almost two weeks in hospital and is still wheelchair-bound.

The court heard Mr Stott does not know if he will be able to walk again.

Both men, who have previous convictions for violence, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault.

Cowie, of Britannia Close, Pudsey, was jailed for eight years and eight months. Ross, of Mill Lane, Bramley, was jailed for eight years.

Lawyers for the pair said both men were full of remorse for what they had done and accepted that they would be facing significant prison sentences because of the injuries they had inflicted.

Stuart field, for Cowie, said: “They are big men. I think, speaking for Mr Cowie, one of the problems here is he is a man who, particularly on that night and when in drink, he doesn’t quite know his own strength and that has resulted in serious injuries to Mr Stott.”

Judge Christopher Batty said: “You showed him no mercy at all that night and left him lying there with very serious injuries.”

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