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24/05/2011 05:18

A FOOTBALL yob who left a rival fan with head injuries from which he may never recover has been jailed for three years and banned from games for six years.

Paul Bennett's single punch felled Kevin Taylor outside Hartlepool railway station as supporters of Sheffield Wednesday travelled home after a match in the NorthEast last summer.

Mr Taylor struck his head on the pavement and suffered multiple skull fractures and brain swelling, which has left him needing round-the-clock care in a rehabilitation unit.

Relatives of the 51-year-old - who was in a coma for ten days after being airlifted to hospital, and suffers from unmanageable behaviour and paranoia - say he is a changed man.

Bennett, 24, attacked Mr Taylor and fellow Wednesday fan Stanley Ryman, 47, after their side beat Hartlepool United 5-0 at an early season League One game at Victoria Park.

Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday that Mr Ryman - who, like Mr Taylor was not involved in the post match trouble on August 28 - suffered a badly cut and broken nose.

Unemployed Bennett, of St Oswald's Street, Hartlepool, admitted charges of maliciously wounding Mr Taylor, inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Ryman and affray.

His barrister, Paul Cleasby, said: "He never, ever intended the consequences to be as grave as they have been. It is a single punch with the most regrettable of consequences." Bennett's father, Paul Clark, of Kendal Road, Hartlepool, received a 12-month suspended jail term for his part in the trouble and for driving his son away from the scene.

The court heard that the 46year-old, who admitted affray and assisting an offender, was one of a number of Hartlepool fans who approached visiting supporters near the train station.

Stuart Hurst, 26, of Riverston Close, and Ashley Harwood, 21, of Oxford Road, both Hartlepool, also admitted affray and received suspended jail terms of six and eight months.

Philip Bailey, 49, of Turnbull Street, and Kieran Readman, 24, of Murray Street, also both Hartlepool, admitted using threatening behaviour and were given community orders.

Barristers for all five said their clients played limited roles in the trouble, were sorry and ashamed for getting involved in what they thought would be just "banter" and shouting.

Jim Withyman, for Clark, said he deserved credit for cradling Mr Taylor's head and putting him in the recovery position after the assault before he left the scene with the others.

Judge Crowson imposed four-year football banning orders on all the five men, which prohibits them from grounds and an exclusion zone around Victoria Park on match days.

Bennett had five months added to his sentence for breaching a suspended term of imprisonment imposed shortly before the assaults for headbutting his ex-girlfriend after going into her home uninvited.

Copyright 2011 Newsquest , Source: The Financial Times Limited

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Guest intercity0wl

And how long does that mean he will serve with the time he has already been in custody ?, and whats with the banning order, thought he was not a football attender anyway.

Three years seems lenient compared to maybe 40 years of somebody elses life thats been ruined.

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Head butted his ex...

The guy wants putting down.

Pathetic no hoper.

after reading the names and more importantly the ages of those involved along with the occupations of some....there's a good case for asking are they any use at all to society in any way...they will just breed and have kids who will likely turn out as the father and son have...

no doubt head butting your girlfriend will be a term of endearment around their way...

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Doesn't seem adequate to me.

Can't see how this protects society or acts as a deterrent.

It makes me think about what Sid's family must feel.

Angry, gutted, cheated and just badly, badly, badly let down.

Plus God knows what in relation to Sid.

The lad's dad must be so rumbleing proud.

Bullying w4nkers.

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Guest johnowls

Not even half long enough, my mate is serving two years for growing a few weed plants I'm not condoning his crime but in comparison to ruining someone's life a three year sentence is a farce.

The sentence is a joke idiots like these should be made an example of by the judges not let off lightly.

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Barristers for all five said their clients played limited roles in the trouble, were sorry and ashamed for getting involved in what they thought would be just "banter" and shouting.

Attacking innocent fans is just classed as "banter" now.

So does this mean that terrorist attacks are just "a bit of a lark"?

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Not even half long enough, my mate is serving two years for growing a few weed plants I'm not condoning his crime but in comparison to ruining someone's life a three year sentence is a farce.

The sentence is a joke idiots like these should be made an example of by the judges not let off lightly.

Can't believe the defence of he didn't intend the outcome that happened.

just what was he expecting to happen hitting a bloke twice his age full bore in the head..

If sid had died he would have gone down for manslaughter.

not knowing the outcome of a crime is not an adequate defence. He had evil intent and that should be enough to convict him with a proper sentence.

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Guest WoodhouseOwl77

What a nutter.....

6 year ban from football this nutter should not be allowed anywhere near a game again.

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Guest SPURTt

These vile bullys are every where Saturday afternoons , no colours on , just out to attack any week people , the cops no who they are and should just Tazer any of the conts seen near a Football ground .

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