A thug has been jailed for five-and-a-half years for a brutal street attack on a man delivering catalogues to homes.
The 57-year-old victim was knocked unconscious and suffered serious injuries when he was punched and kicked during the dawn attack. Attacker Daniel Rust was told he was a ‘real and increasing danger to the public’ when he was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
He was also sentenced for an earlier assault on three people in Telford after a night out. The attack in Stourbridge took place at 6.30am on February 16 earlier this year.
The victim – an accountant – was delivering Betterware catalogues and walking along Lion Passage near the town centre when 22-year-old Rust walked over and demanded money from him.
Prosecutor Sally Cairns told the court on Thursday: “The man was targeted by the defendant who beat him up.”
The man was punched repeatedly until he lost consciousness and then kicked while he lay on the ground.
He suffered several injuries, including bruising to his eye and jaw, a chipped tooth and a damaged eye socket.
At the time Rust was out of prison on licence, having been given a three-year sentence in 2011 for burglary and theft.
And he was also on bail for an incident in Telford from December 2012 where three people were injured in a group assault.
The trio were trying to get a taxi home following a birthday celebration when Rust became confrontational. Rust then spat at a female in the group before punching her in the collarbone and then hitting another male in the face with a bottle.
Another attacker kicked the same man in the face and he later needed stitches before a third victim was punched in the face by Rust. He was later arrested after one of the victims’s identified him on Facebook.
The court was told that Rust, of no fixed address and who pleaded guilty to assault with intent to rob, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of common assault, was ‘horrified’ by his actions.
His defence barrister Mr Paul Smith said: “He does understand the distress he has caused. In both offences he was severely under the influence of alcohol.”
Recorder Barry Berlin showed Rust a photograph of the injured Stourbridge man’s face as he sentenced him to five and a half years. told Rust: “You are not just a nuisance – you are a real and increasing danger to the public.”