Three sentenced for train attack which saw part of man's ear bitten off - Leeds
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Three men have been sentenced for their part in a vicious assault on a stranger following a British Transport Police investigation.
Marley Hollings, aged 28, of Skipton Road, Barnoldswick, pleased guilty to wounding with intent and was jailed for three years and nine months at Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday, November 29.
Kyle Smith, aged 27, of Rowling Hollins, Colne and Thomas Scott, aged 31, of Meadow Lea, Keighley, both pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.
Scott was sentenced to 18 months in jail suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work.
Smith received a 15 month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work.
Both must pay a victim surcharge of £187 and were made the subjects of a electronic tag curfew from 9pm to 6am.
The court heard how, on Wednesday, December 21 last year, the victim, then 29, was travelling on a service from Leeds to Skipton when he shouted to the three to shut up after they caused a commotion and upset other passengers with Hollings at one point shouting 'bomb' while throwing a vape down the carriage.
The three immediately swooped on the victim, repeatedly punching and kicking him to the head in a sustained attack that spilled over onto seats where passengers were sat.
While other passengers attempted to pull the three off the victim, one of them, Hollings, bit off half of the victim's ear and spat it out.
All three then left the train at Leeds.
The victim attended hospital and the missing ear was blue lighted to surgery in a failed attempt to reattach it.
Smith was arrested shortly after the attack as he attempted to leave the station.
Hollings was arrested the following day at his home address and Scott contacted police and handed himself in.
Investigating officer DC Liam Brown said: "This was a sickening and vicious assault and one which has left the victim not just with significant physical injuries and scarring but also seriously affected his mental health and he remains traumatised.
"This mob mentality of making others feel intimidated and uncomfortable along with a belief that they can do as they please without consequences will not be tolerated.
"This random violent attack has landed Hollings with a significant sentence and his cohorts with suspended sentences which, it is hoped, will prevent them from committing further acts of violence."