Loftus lout jailed for six-and-a-half years after man left for dead

Darlington and Stockton Times: Jailed: Timothy Hagar Jailed: Timothy Hagar

A DRUNKEN lout who left a father for dead after an "appalling" attack outside his home was today (Tuesday, February 26) locked up for six-and-a-half years.

Sean Cole suffered horrific injuries when he was knocked out, kicked and stamped on after complaining about noisy youths in the street.

The offshore worker had gone out with his wife, Louise, to ask the gang to move away from their home in Loftus, east Cleveland last April.

Timothy Hagar kicked the couple's dog in the head while his sister assaulted Mrs Cole - then turned his attentions to her husband.

Mr Cole had already been knocked unconscious and was helpless when Hagar stamped on his head "full-force" and kicked him in the chest.

Hagar, 26, had blood splatters on his right training shoe and a piece of flesh on its heel, prosecutor David Crook told Teesside Crown Court.

Mrs Cole rushed to her 43-year-old husband's aid and thought he was dead and screamed for help as he lay motionless on the ground.

After being released from hospital, the victim was not recognised by his five-year-old daughter because his face was so disfigured.

Hagar, a binge-drinking supermarket warehouse worker, was so drunk he could not remember the attack, but was said to be ashamed.

When his mother saw the aftermath of the trouble, she said: "If it's my son who's responsible, I'll disown him", the court was told.

Paul Newcombe, mitigating, said: "He is at a loss to explain his behaviour. All he can venture is that he drank an enormous amount."

In a letter to his victim, Hagar said: "I am sincerely sorry for what happened to you, and I am completely and utterly ashamed of myself."

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, QC, told Hagar he had ruined Mr Cole's life through "seconds of gratuitous, mindless violence".

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In an impact statement, the victim told how he is no longer fit for his £4,000-a-month job or to play saxophone in his band.

The family has since moved to Scotland, but because of the financial plight, has been served with an eviction notice for mortgage arrears.

Mr Cole said: "I will never forgive the man for what he did. My own wife thought I was dead. She witnessed the attack.

"One thing that still upsets me is that the day I was released from hospital, I saw my children and tried to cuddle them.

"My five-year-old daughter got scared and ran off. She did not believe I was her father because I didn't look like him."

He suffered a double jaw fracture and lost teeth in the attack, and still has numbness down one side of his face, said Mr Crook.

Hagar, of Turner Street in nearby Redcar, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier court hearing.

Speaking afterwards, Detective Constable Matthew Waterfield said: “This was a horrific incident and the victim has shown strength and courage throughout this investigation.

"We are pleased with the sentence which reflects the true nature of the danger that Timothy Hagar poses. This should spell a warning for anyone thinking of taking part in alcohol-fuelled violence.”

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3:06pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo says...

Not long enough, this is nothing less than attempted murder!
Not long enough, this is nothing less than attempted murder! Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo
  • Score: 9

5:09pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Magic Steve says...

Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo wrote:
Not long enough, this is nothing less than attempted murder!
I 2nd that, NOT LONG ENOUGH!
[quote][p][bold]Employed Tax Payer, Central Darlo[/bold] wrote: Not long enough, this is nothing less than attempted murder![/p][/quote]I 2nd that, NOT LONG ENOUGH! Magic Steve
  • Score: 6

7:43am Wed 27 Feb 13

doddy2010 says...

If Mr Cole is struggling, I am happy to make a donation if we can get his address. I'd rather give him the money than comic relief (again).

After all, i'm sure we would all like to think that we could reach out for help if something like this happened.

It's a terrible world we live in sometimes.
If Mr Cole is struggling, I am happy to make a donation if we can get his address. I'd rather give him the money than comic relief (again). After all, i'm sure we would all like to think that we could reach out for help if something like this happened. It's a terrible world we live in sometimes. doddy2010
  • Score: 7

12:32pm Wed 27 Feb 13

behonest says...

Isn't 6 and a half years only just over 3 years? For attempted murder? The criminal gets off again.

In a decent world, Hagar would be executed for this.
Isn't 6 and a half years only just over 3 years? For attempted murder? The criminal gets off again. In a decent world, Hagar would be executed for this. behonest
  • Score: 6

2:00pm Wed 27 Feb 13

vercingetorix says...

what a big tough maggot he is attacking decent people and kicking dogs...at least we havnt had his whinging family , friends and supporters on here....yet. This piece of trash has probably been a thug all his life.
what a big tough maggot he is attacking decent people and kicking dogs...at least we havnt had his whinging family , friends and supporters on here....yet. This piece of trash has probably been a thug all his life. vercingetorix
  • Score: 12

2:49pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Blankface says...

"He is at a loss to explain his behaviour"
What a load of crap, he is a thug whether he has a drink or not and I 3rd it, NOT LONG ENOUGH. Scum.
"He is at a loss to explain his behaviour" What a load of crap, he is a thug whether he has a drink or not and I 3rd it, NOT LONG ENOUGH. Scum. Blankface
  • Score: 2

2:52pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Blankface says...

Clearly a family of thugs as his sister was involved.
Clearly a family of thugs as his sister was involved. Blankface
  • Score: 5

5:33pm Thu 28 Feb 13

Withnail Lefty says...

Scum breeding scum and so it goes on.
Scum breeding scum and so it goes on. Withnail Lefty
  • Score: 0

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