Pair jailed after vicious assault

James Clough
James Clough

TWO men have been sentenced for their part in the vicious attack of a man outside a library in Wigan.

James Clough, 40, from Glasgow, has today (Wednesday) been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 27 months in prison.

Patrick Dale, 28, also from Glasgow has been sentenced to 18 months.

They both pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to assault.

The attack happened in the early hours of Friday, April 19, 2013, on Wigan Road in Ashton-in-Makerfield where it was captured on CCTV.

There was an earlier altercation between the 28-year-old victim and Dale and Clough where a fight had broken out between the victim and Dale.

The 28-year-old man ran away, but was chased down the street by Dale, Clough and three other men.

Dale and Clough caught up with him, Dale punched him to the ground and they both kicked him while he lay on the floor. Clough also stamped on the victim’s head.

The two men then ran away leaving the victim unconscious, but were arrested a short time later, the three other men were never identified.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to serious head and facial injuries.

Detective Constable Sheena Maerevoet said: “This was a serious assault on a young man and thanks to clear CCTV footage we were able to find two of the men responsible.

“The CCTV footage recovered clearly showed Clough and Dale assaulting this man, Dale punched him to the ground and both Clough and Dale are seen to kick him in the face and Clough was seen to stamp on the man’s head.

“Although the victim did not want to report the assault we were still able to pursue the investigation and bring Clough and Dale to justice.”