A HUDDERSFIELD thug who fractured a man’s skull after kicking him in the head and leaving him unconscious in a sickening attack has been jailed for three years.
 
Charlie Cooper-Jones, of Station Road, Marsden, was sentenced today at Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of assault.

The court heard Cooper-Jones, 20,  was at Leeds station in the early hours of Friday, May 20 this year with a friend when he launched an attack on two men who were returning to the station from a night out.

After an altercation between the four on the station concourse at around 2.15am, Cooper-Jones lashed out at the 20-year-old victim from Huddersfield, knocking him to the floor unconscious, before repeatedly kicking him in the head.

He then moved onto the victim’s friend, punching him to the ground and kicking him, before walking away.

Police arrested Cooper-Jones ahortly afterwards. The two injured men were taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment. The first victim spent two days in hospital following the assault with two fractures to his skull and bleeding to his brain.

Detective Inspector Stuart Mellish, of British Transport Police, said: “This was an horrific attack on two men who were making their way home from a night out in Leeds.

"When they were defenceless on the ground, Cooper-Jones took advantage, launching violent blows to his victims, before leaving them seriously injured.

“Thankfully the man made a speedy recovery however, due to the severity and force of the attack, this could have caused potentially life changing juries.

“Excellent quality CCTV at the station helped us quickly view the attack and left Cooper-Jones with no option but to plead guilty.

“He will now spend this Christmas and the next two where he belongs, behind bars.”