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Telford man in group that attacked victim 'like hyenas' is ordered to pay compensation

By Deborah Hardiman | Telford | Crime | Published:

A man who was part of a group who attacked another man in Telford town centre "like hyenas" has been ordered to pay £350 in compensation.

Paul Skapars, 20, of Ketley Park Road, Ketley, Telford, previously admitted assaulting his victim, causing him actual bodily harm during the incident on April 21, 2017.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that Skapars and two other men, Mansoor Akhtar, 21,and Faizan Mehmood, 20, were caught on CCTV attacking their victim in a car park near the shopping centre.

Mr John Richard Oates, prosecuting barrister, said victim Michael Stringer had already got a leg injury when he and his friend Jordan Heron were set upon by a group near McDonald's.

Mr Oates told the court: "The CCTV footage was previously shown in court. The pair were approached by about eight other people after what appears to be an verbal altercation. They were attacked. This defendant struck the first blow in the fight and was joined by a number of young people.

"Both were injured and Mr Stringer was pretty badly beaten up before a woman intervened. The rest ran off. When this defendant was interviewed he suggested that he had been threatened by the two men."

Mr Robert Edwards, defending Skapars, said: "He is a year older. There have been major changes in his life. He has changed address and struck out on his own.

"He accepts that he made a mistake and that there is a different way of dealing with things."

In addition to paying £350 compensation Judge Anthony Lowe gave the forklift truck driver, a 12-month community order, he must also carry out 180 hours unpaid work and pay a victims' surcharge.

"It was like hyenas on a corpse,"Judge Lowe told Skapars.

"I hope this is the first and last time I see you," the judge added.

Deborah Hardiman

By Deborah Hardiman
@Deborahh_Star

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based out of the head office in Ketley. Covering the Telford area.

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