Three violent thugs who left a man disabled for life after subjecting him to a brutal attack were jailed today at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.
Asa Jacques, 36, of no fixed abode and Daniel Yates, 35, of Liverpool Road, Eccles, both pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and were jailed for 13 and a half years each for their part in the pre-planned attack.
James Freeman, 34, of Elmwood, Sale, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
Mr Justice Keith said: “It is difficult to imagine a more horrific attack. The prosecution cannot say what lay behind all of this and you are not telling – but no motive can justify what you did.”
The attack happened on December 19 last year just before 1pm when the 28-year-old victim and his 29-year-old friend had gone to a garage compound on Bradburn Grove in Eccles and were confronted by two men armed with a variety of weapons.
The older man managed to escape and sought assistance from workmen who called police. The victim made his way into another property where he collapsed as the thugs made off in his van.
Detective Sergeant Julie Connor said: “Our thoughts are with the victim and his family, and this episode will continue to have a profound impact on them.
“The police response to this incident has been first class from start to finish.
“I believe that the first aid given by the armed officers at the scene saved this man’s life.
“What then followed was a lengthy and painstaking investigation. An initial excellent response by armed response officers, the first officers who responded, neighbourhood officers, traffic officers, Tactical Aid Unit, CID and Major Incident Team detectives ensured that crucial evidence was gathered at or near the scene that enabled the incident room staff to identify the attackers.”
After the attack the 28-year-old man sustained a serious head injury as a result of the attack and was given emergency first aid by armed response officers who attended the scene.
He was later taken to hospital, but the severity of his brain injury means that he will be disabled for life.