A man has been jailed for five years today, after violently assaulting a 61-year-old man and leaving him with a collapsed lung and two fractured ribs.
Ian Askey, 48, of Upper Greenhill Gardens, Matlock, attacked another man at the JET petrol station in Crookes on the 8th December 2021.
The leader of the investigation, Acting DS Lee Freeman of South Yorkshire Police’s Sheffield CID team said: “This was a completely unwarranted assault that left the victim badly hurt. This type of incident will not be tolerated, and we are glad this sentence has been handed to Askey for what he did.”
The incident took place within the petrol station when Askey walked in and stood close to the victim, before the victim asked Askey to keep his distance as he was not wearing a mask.
Askey retaliated by at first stepping back, before punching the victim in the face, and continuing to assault him on the floor for several minutes.
The victim suffered a collapsed lung, fractured ribs and several cuts and bruises on their face. Aksey left in his vehicle before being stopped and arrested.
Askey was originally due to stand trial, however pleaded guilty closer to his trial date.
Acting DS Freeman said: “By admitting guilt close to the trial, we are also pleased that the victim has been spared re-living this nasty incident in a courtroom. We hope it brings some sort of closure for him so that he may now continue with his life.”