TWO violent thugs who left a man with a fractured skull after they kicked and punched him outside a city centre nightclub have been locked up for a total of nine years.
Ramon Lee Tomlinson and Callum Johnson, both aged 24, were jailed for six years and three years respectively, for attacking the man outside Nocturnal in Charter Square in an ‘unprovoked’ and ‘spur of the moment’ attack.
Steven Hunt, 43, was left with a ‘life-threatening’ injury after Johnson punched him in the face causing him to fall back and crack his head on the ground, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Tomlinson, who has a previous conviction for manslaughter, then jumped on or kicked Mr Hunt in the head.
The attack, on August 20 last year, was partially caught on CCTV.
The men were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm after a trial and sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.
The judge Recorder Bernard Gateshill said Mr Hunt, who had been left unable to return to work and is at risk of developing epilepsy, had been thrown out of the club and was hanging around outside.
Tomlinson and Johnson were outside because they had been refused entry and an argument followed.
Recorder Gateshill said: “You, Tomlinson, approached him aggressively. You were in his face. That can clearly be seen on the video recording.
“He pushed you away and you Johnson then punched Mr Hunt, knocking him to the ground.
“You then turned and left the scene and you Tomlinson immediately jumped upon or kicked Mr Hunt’s head.
“Mr Hunt suffered really serious injuries. A life-threatening skull fracture.”
The judge said the injury was probably caused by Mr Hunt’s head hitting the ground but he couldn’t rule out it being caused differently.
Johnson, of Tipton Street, Wincobank, who has previous convictions for public disorder and violence, claimed he acted in self defence.
Tomlinson, of Jenkin Road, also Wincobank, denied ever being at the scene.
But the jury rejected their accounts.
The judge told Johnson: “This was wholly unprovoked. This was not a case of excessive self defence.”
Addressing Tomlinson, who was jailed for five years for manslaughter in 2004, he said: “You were the first to demonstrate violence with your approach to Mr Hunt.
“I have to bear in mind it was probably not your specific action that caused the injury, although you were party to the joint enterprise.”