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Horrific Barrow attack ‘was most violent in years’

A NEW Year’s Day attack in Barrow which left a 33-year-old man needing emergency surgery was one of the most horrific in recent years, according to a detective.


Yesterday Neville Ryland was jailed for four-and-a-half years for the “violent and nasty” unprovoked assault on a stranger he had asked to share a cab with him.

The victim’s head was repeatedly smashed into a taxi before he was punched six times until he fell unconscious on the floor. The 25-year-old defendant then calmly walked away.

The seriously-injured man required emergency surgery for two shattered cheekbones and a fractured eye socket. He also needed steel plates inserting into his face.

Ryland, of Ashworth Street, Barrow, admitted grievous bodily harm and was jailed by Judge Pamela Badley at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

Detective Sergeant John Dilks of Barrow CID said: “We are pleased with the sentence passed by the courts. This was one of the most violent assaults we have investigated in recent years, in terms of the unprovoked nature and horrific injuries suffered by the victim. The sentence reflects how such acts will not be tolerated by the police or the courts, and once again we thank the public for their assistance in our investigation.

“This is a particularly nasty assault which occurred during the early hours of New Year’s Day. Both the victim and Ryland were previously unknown to each other. However they had both been enjoying the new year festivities in Cornwallis Street.

“The victim had already hailed a taxi and was about to set off home when Ryland and two of his associates asked if they could share the taxi in order to share the fare. All parties had established they were generally going to be travelling in the same direction.

“The victim got out in Oxford Street and, after handing over his proportion of the fare a row developed with Ryland in the rear of the taxi. There then followed an entirely unprovoked assault by Ryland which included him smashing the victim’s head against a parked vehicle, before punching him up to six times further to the head. He then calmly walked away from the scene.

“Ryland had denied the circumstances of the assault in his police interviews, claiming he had merely acted in self-defence. However, thanks to members of the public and other persons in the taxi we were able to see through his lies and he has rightly been convicted of this assault.”

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To the cretin defending this clown. Stop hiding behind fake names. Dalton you say ?
Poor folk of Dalton living among scummy chav youth like you and your pals.
Cowards and hard men on a computer.

Posted by Al Mc on 14 October 2013 at 19:16

5 years inside and banned from all pubs and clubs in Barrow with a 100 mile radius for LIFE.

Posted by Ivor on 14 October 2013 at 14:53

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