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Pensnett thug jailed for brutal attack on teen diabetes patient
4:44pm Tuesday 6th August 2013 in Local
A PENSNETT thug who led a vicious gang attack on a teenage diabetes sufferer and took his mobile telephone and blood meters has been jailed.
Dean Taylor, aged 20, rammed the 18-year-old victim with a shopping trolley as he walked near the Merry Hill Shopping Centre before punching and kicking him after he had been knocked to the ground.
Judge Amjad Nawaz told Taylor: "You and others were like a pack of wolves around that young man while he was on floor.
"There was excessive violence used and it is clear he was given a good kicking."
At the time of the brutal attack Taylor was on bail having been arrested for his involvement in an earlier gang attack in which he stamped on the face of a man after threatening him with a Stanley knife.
The judge told Taylor who had 19 previous convictions on his record for offences including violence, theft and causing damage he paid little heed to court orders and offers to help.
He said that in the first incident when the man was attacked he had "behaved like a bully" and expressed concern that he had only been charged with battery for the offence instead of a more serious charge.
"That simply defies belief," said the judge at Wolverhampton Crown Court. "Then, in the second incident while you were on bail, you accosted a teenager and followed it with gratuitous violence."
Taylor, of Hayden Road, admitted battery, possessing a bladed article, robbery and theft, he showed no reaction as he was lead away to begin four years behind bars.
Jas Mann, for Taylor, said his client had been involved with drugs and alcohol adding: "As far as his family are concerned he has burned his bridges."
He told the told it was accepted Taylor had an "appalling" criminal record for a young man and went on: "Mercifully the injuries suffered by the teenager were not serious."
David Lees, prosecuting, said the victim in the battery offence was accused of trying to set up one of the gang members before he was told: "This will make you remember". He was then punched several times and stamped on the face by Taylor.
After the second incident the teenager told police officers in a victim impact statement he was now extremely anxious about venturing out by himself.
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