Daniel Doy and Cory Cooper beat the homeless man with “at least 20 kicks” during the ongoing attack, a witness told Hull Crown Court
Two women watched in horror as two men hit a homeless man with “soccer kicks” while he lay helpless on the ground, a court heard.
Prosecutor Nadim Bashir told Hull Crown Court that Daniel Doy, 30, and Cory Cooper, 29, attacked the man in Cranbourne Street, Hull, around 3.15am on October 15, 2020.
The women who witnessed the incident described the kicks as “terrible” and like the two accused tried “to score a goal”, with one of the men screaming “You’re going to die” during the punches.
The victim of the attack was never identified and never came forward to file a complaint. HullLive reports.
However, the attack was witnessed by two women who were awakened by the commotion and watched it from their windows.
One of them told the court: “I could see a man on the ground.
“He was lying on the floor in a fetal position with his arms above his head. He didn’t move or try to get up.”
One of the men, allegedly Doy, is accused of kicking the victim at least four or five times in the torso and head, the witness recalled.
“The guy moved with the force on the ground,” she said.
“He just lay down and took it and shielded his head with his arms. His knees were drawn up and he had his arms above his head.”
Get the news you want straight to your inbox. Sign up for a Mirror newsletter here
The second man, allegedly Cooper, kicked the man in the head area, the witness said.
“It was repeated kicks,” she said.
“They all bonded and had a physical impact on the victim.
“They were aimed at his head, but they would have been deflected by his arms, which were over his head and face.
“One of them either shouted ‘You should be his friend’ or ‘He should be your friend.’
“I called the police. I reported the events to the police as they happened. They just kicked and kicked.
“Eventually the victim managed to get to his feet and walk towards Mayfield Street or Dover Street. He disappeared out of sight.”
Another witness claimed she was also awoken by excitement and recalled the defendants seeing the victim “boot and boot.”
She said of Doy: “He kicked that boy to a pulp repeatedly and repeatedly without stopping.
The Mirror’s newsletter brings you the latest news, exciting showbiz and TV stories, sports updates and important political information.
The newsletter is sent by email every morning at 12 noon and first thing every evening.
Don’t miss a moment by subscribing to our newsletter here.
“He was laid flat on the pavement, screamed and begged him to stop.
“He was flat on the ground and couldn’t fight back. He waved his hands and tried to get that person to stop.
“From what I saw he seemed to be kicking him everywhere. The main area was his side and abdomen.
“He was constantly booting and booting that poor boy sideways.”
She described them as “football punches, like trying to score I think – powerful, very powerful”.
The woman added that the victim yelled, “Please stop, please stop.”
“It lasted at least 10 minutes, possibly longer,” she said of the attack’s duration.
“There was no letting up. I would have said at least 20 kicks.”
She said she was convinced the victim was dead after the attack.
“I screamed and told the police to hurry up,” she recalls.
“I was afraid that the boy had already died. I was hysterical and panicked.
“I said, ‘Please come, please come, please come.’ It certainly looked like he stopped breathing because he was silent.”
Doy and Cooper were identified from CCTV images and arrested.
Doy had previous convictions for handling stolen goods and criminal damage.
In July 2015, he was sentenced to a 14-month suspended sentence for assault.
He and Cooper were previously sentenced to six months probation for brawling in July 2011, but Cooper was later jailed for six months in October 2011 after violating his terms.
Cooper also had previous convictions for possession of amphetamine, criminal damage, and racketeering.
Richard Thompson mitigated that Doy and Cooper talked and walked home when “trouble came their way.”
Doy’s reaction was fueled by adrenaline and alcohol, he said, and was “completely inappropriate”.
Judge Sophie McKone told the couple that their response to the earlier issues was “completely excessive and wholly inappropriate” and they launched a “vicious, sustained collective attack” on the man, who at the time was on his own.
“Whatever happened before doesn’t justify the level of violence you subjected him to,” Judge McKone said.
“They both kicked him. They repeatedly kicked him in the chest.”
Doy and Cooper admitted to a fight and were each jailed for 15 months.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/homeless-man-kicked-like-football-27136747 Homeless man kicked "like a football" and said he would die in a "vicious" attack