Thug racially abused vulnerable woman on South Yorkshire street - then beat up her carer

Jack Handley
Jack Handley
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A yob racially abused a vulnerable woman and then punched and kicked her carer in an ‘appalling’ South Yorkshire street attack.

Jack Handley made racist remarks towards the woman on Barnsley Road in Cudworth on July 9 last year - before launching a vicious attack on the support worker who was with her and her boyfriend, who lived in supported housing nearby.

He punched the carer, knocking him to the ground, before two other men and himself started kicking the man as he lay on the ground.

Handley, who has previous convictions that include causing unnecessary suffering to animals after being involved in killing chickens, was out on bail at the time of the offence ahead of a court appearance two days later for a burglary at the home of an OAP in Cudworth.

Handley said the vulnerable woman ‘shouldn’t be in this country’ and hurled vile abuse at her.

He then punched the support worker to the side of his face, knocking him to the ground.

Handley, aged 21, of Thruxton Close, Cudworth, was sentenced to 14 months in jail at Sheffield Crown Court after admitting counts of racially aggravated harassment and assault occasioning actual bodily harm at earlier hearings.

The jail term will start in November as Handley is already in prison for the burglary.

A victim impact statement from the carer who was attacked was read to the court.

He said he felt ‘shocked and embarrassed to live in a society where this kind of language and behaviour still exists’.

Sentencing, Judge Mark Gargan told Handley: “You seem for reasons that aren’t clear to have gone from being somebody who kept themselves out of trouble and had a career in the Army to somebody who has got into very significant trouble concerning deeply unpleasant and violent offences.

“The starting point was your appalling racist comments to a person who had learning difficulties. You assaulted the person caring for her.

“You ended up assaulting a man because of his role as a carer for somebody you had racially abused.

“This is a case where the sentence should be consecutive to those you are already serving.”

Handley was given credit for his guilty pleas to both charges for the most recent incidents, reducing his sentence from one of 21 months to 14 months.