Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Callous Attacker Took Photos Then Left Man for Dead

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Callous Attacker Took Photos Then Left Man for Dead

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

ATHUG who attacked a vulnerable man in a back alley took pictures of the blood stains he had caused then left him for dead.

Serial offender Ashley Rice, who has 71 previous convictions at the age of just 20, targeted the 30-year-old victim in an unprovoked attack.

Having knocked him out and taken photos of his victim's blood on the ground, Rice started sending messages to people about what he had done.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he told friends he didn't know if the victim was still alive and that he had not got up after he hit him.

The victim was left with multiple injuries, including a fracture to his face, part of which had become detached and required surgery to insert plates and screws.

Now Rice - who has nine assaults on his record, five convictions for carrying blades, two offences of robbery and one of arson - has been sent to a young offenders' institute for 20 months for inflicting GBH.

The court heard the victim had known Rice for a couple of months and had loaned him PS100.

On the morning of September 23 he went to Rice's home on Willington Terrace, Wallsend, and asked if he was in a position to pay him back.

There was a discussion and the man told Rice he would not trust him again if he didn't give him what he was owed.

That night, the victim left his friend's home around 9.15pm and as he entered Willington Terrace he saw a group of people, including Rice.

Liam O'Brien, prosecuting, said: "He was concerned about what he might do. He has something of a reputation.

"He kept on walking and was followed by the defendant.

"There was a confrontation in an alley. The complainant has no clear recollection.

"He remembers being approached by the defendant and the next thing he knew he woke up, barely able to stand.

"He was left abandoned at the scene by the defendant. The crown say somewhat callously, it seems the defendant realised that at the time as he exchanged messages with someone."

The court heard he sent a message saying: "Just smashed that [man] with one dig. I dropped him in the back lane. He didn't get up. …

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