Man jailed for Barnsley assaults

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Latest news in Yorkshire: Published March 19, 2019 04:02:02 PM

A 34-year-old Barnsley man has been sent to prison for 11-years after
admitting assaulting two men.

Shaun Tolley, formerly of York Street, Barnsley, appeared before
Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Monday 18 March) where he was sentenced
to 11-years in prison. He pleaded guilty to one count of Section 18
assault and one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The court heard how Tolley assaulted two men within a short time of one
another in the Cudworth area of Barnsley on Saturday 27 October 2018,
into the early hours of Sunday 28 October.

In the first assault, Tolley attacked a 27-year-old man, causing serious
injuries that required hospital treatment.

A short time later on Barnsley Road in Cudworth, a 44-year-old former
soldier asked Tolley if he was alright, as he appeared to be bloodied.
Tolley assaulted this man as well, causing significant life-changing
injuries.

Detective Constable Emma Shipley, the investigating officer, said:
“Tolley’s senseless actions that night have had a significant impact on
the lives of his victims.

“There was no reason or motive for the second attack, the victim simply
asked if Tolley was alright. A kind gesture, which was met with
violence. This man will live with the effects of his injuries for the
rest of his life and has had to undergo reconstructive facial surgery.

“He has received a lengthy custodial sentence, which reflects the
gravity of his offending. Though this will not undo the injuries caused
to his victims, I hope they are reassured by the action taken by
officers to promptly investigate this awful incident and bring Tolley
before the courts.”

The family of the retired soldier sent flowers and a thank you card to
officers in Barnsley CID following the hearing, thanking them for their
work on the investigation (pictured).

A witness, who provided vital CCTV footage to the investigation, was
always awarded £500 from the courts.

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