‘Alcohol-fuelled’ trio are jailed after attack

A WADDINGHAM man has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment after carrying out a “brutal” assault.

Sam Bowler, 27, of Common Road was one of three men jailed for the attack on off-duty taxi driver Terry Mountcastle in Gainsborough town centre on August 27, 2011.

The 50-year-old suffered bleeding on the brain after he was attacked outside the White Horse pub.

Former soldier Scott Millson, 30, from Scunthorpe, was jailed for 18 months after he admitted delivering the single punch, which knocked Mr Mountcastle to the floor.

Bowler and friend Thomas Marples, 21, from Scunthorpe, admitted kicking Mr Mountcastle as he lay on the ground. They were both sentenced to four years in jail.

Bowler said he could not remember anything about the assault after waking up in a police cell. He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The court heard Mr Mountcastle was among a group who went to remonstrate with the men after Marples had assaulted two local women earlier in the night.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said the violence lasted just 12 seconds after Mr Millson threw the first punch at Mr Mountcastle shortly before 11.30pm.

Mr Howes told the court: “Mr Millson having delivered the first blow, which knocked Mr Mountcastle to the floor, did not kick out, Bowler and Marples did kick. It must have been obvious to them when they got involved Mr Mountcastle was senseless on the ground.”

Passing sentence, Judge Michael Heath told all three men: “This was alcohol-fuelled sickening street violence when the three of you were in a group.

“The victim in this case, a 50-year-old man, was completely off guard when you, Millson, punched him with what can only be described as a punch of brutal force. You, Bowler and Marples, then kicked him when he was in no position to defend himself on the floor. You could have killed him.”