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West Hull men kick and stamp on a man in a lift

  • The victim was attacked and robbed in Bathurst Street, West Hull, last year
  • Footage shows four men, including the victim, entering the lift normally
  • Forty minutes later, the victim is seen lying semi-unconscious in a pool of blood
  • James Clarke, 36, and John Royle, 39, are seen kicking and stamping on the victim before leaving the lift with the semi-unconscious man still inside
  • They were were both found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent 

Shocking footage showing the moment a man was left semi-conscious and bleeding inside a lift has been released for the first time.

The victim was attacked and robbed in Bathurst Street, West Hull, before being dumped into the building’s lift by two men on July 31 last year.

CCTV footage released by the Crown Prosecution Service captured the moment James Clarke, 36, bent over laughing at the sight of the victim, before kicking and stamping on him.

The just-released footage first shows four men, including the victim, entering the lift normally

The just-released footage first shows four men, including the victim, entering the lift normally

Clarke, 36, was convicted of committing grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury at Hull Crown Court earlier this month.

He will be sentenced with fellow attacker John Royle, 39, who admitted the same offence and one of robbery.

In the footage, four men are seen entering the lift, including the victim and Wesley Beaumont, 38, who was cleared of all charges.

At that stage all appears normal between the group, but just 40 minutes later the scene looks very different.

The empty lift doors open to show the victim lying unconscious, with a pool of blood next to his head.

Forty minutes later, the victim is seen lying semi-unconscious in a pool of blood

Forty minutes later, the victim is seen lying semi-unconscious in a pool of blood
The victim is kicked  into the lift so the doors can close as he is left slumped inside

The victim is kicked into the lift so the doors can close as he is left slumped inside

He is dragged into the lift by Royle and Clarke, before Clarke viciously kicks his legs into the lift so the doors can close as the victim is left slumped inside.

When the doors re-open later on, Clarke can be seen bent over laughing at the sight of the man, before unleashing kicks and stamps.

A youth involved in the case, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is then captured on footage stealing from the victim as he lies on the ground, before he too launches a kick at the helpless man.

Towards the end of the footage, Clarke and Beaumont are seen standing together as the lift descends, with their victim lying in the corner.

The pair appear to exchange some words, and at one stage even seem to notice the camera

The pair appear to exchange some words, and at one stage even seem to notice the camera
James Clarke, 36, and John Royle, 39, are seen kicking and stamping on the victim before leaving the lift with the semi-unconscious man still inside

James Clarke, 36, and John Royle, 39, are seen kicking and stamping on the victim before leaving the lift with the semi-unconscious man still inside

The pair appear to exchange some words, and  at one stage even seem to notice the camera.

The victim appears to move in and out of consciousness, and can be seen moving his head. Then, Clarke suddenly stamps on him again.

At the end of the horrific sequence of events, the lift doors open and Clarke and Beaumont are seen leaving the scene. 

The victim, who was left bleeding and semi-conscious inside the lift, suffered a broken right tibia and fibia, and had to have a ‘cage’ fitted to the lower part of his leg, which he was still wearing when he gave evidence at court almost six months later.

A jury took around four hours to find Clarke, who lives in Bilton, guilty of committing GBH. Royle had already pleaded guilty to committing GBH and robbery.

The pair will be sentenced together at Hull Crown Court. A date has yet to be fixed.



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