Dad attacked as he went to rescue his disabled son
TWO men fractured the skull of a father who had gone to the aid of his frightened, disabled son.
Victim David Sutton was punched and headbutted after challenging the yobs over an earlier attack on his son who has cerebral palsy.
The attack left Mr Sutton in intensive care after he suffered bleeding on the brain and required 16 stitches to his face.
The 52-year-old is now unable to work since giving up his job as a delivery driver following the trauma.
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Now Mr Sutton, of Bucknall, has welcomed the 32-month jail terms handed to attackers Robert Evans and Lee Morley.
He told The Sentinel: "They have got long sentences and I'm happy with that. I've got no feelings towards them.
"We are just glad it's over because it has been going on such a long time."
Wife Lesley, aged 51, who needed three months off work after seeing the assault, added: "They deserve the sentences they got. They could have killed him."
Stafford Crown Court heard Mr Sutton was called to a house in Werrington Road, Bucknall, by his 21-year-old son, who is also called David, after he had been punched by Evans in the early hours of September 11, 2010.
But after confronting the yobs Mr Sutton was punched by 24-year-old Evans and then headbutted by Morley, of Greasley Road, Abbey Hulton.
Both defendants were jailed after admitting inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Evans, of Winchester Avenue, Bentilee, was jailed for a further 28 months after he attacked his neighbour in a row over parking in November 2010.
The court heard Evans approached the home of Pauline Copperthwaite, broke the chain to her door and then hurled his victim to the ground.
Stuart Clarkson, defending Evans, said his client had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder which led to 'impulsive behaviour'.
Mr Clarkson said: "He's the father of a child and is about to be the father to a second child next month.
"If he's to form a consistent part in these children's lives he must confront his own problems."
Joanne Wallbanks, defending Morley, who produced references in support of her client, said: "The references show he's a hard-working young man who takes his family responsibilities seriously."
Jailing Evans and Morley, Judge Mark Eades said: "Whatever the rights or wrongs of an argument with David Sutton junior, it did not warrant the attack on David Sutton senior which was a joint attack.
"His life has been ruined forever."