South Yorkshire man unable to recognise own brother after attack

Ryan Nuttall locked up indefinitely for beating vulnerable man into a coma
Ryan Nuttall locked up indefinitely for beating vulnerable man into a coma

A VIOLENT thug has been locked up indefinitely after beating a young disabled man into a coma in a ‘gratuitous’ and ‘merciless’ attack.

Frank Pinder’s injuries were so bad his own brother was unable to recognise him after the horrific assault by Ryan Colin Nuttall.

Nuttall kicked and punched 34-year-old Mr Pinder - and stamped on his face so hard he left a footprint on his forehead, Sheffield Crown Court was told. Mr Pinder suffered a fractured skull and 14 separate injuries to his head.

Nuttall, aged 23 - who first appeared in court aged 12 - has been deemed so dangerous he will be released only once a parole board says it is safe.

He must serve a minimum of eight years behind bars.

Mr Pinder, who suffers water-on-the-brain condition hydrocephalus, was ‘set up’ by Nuttall’s then girlfriend Emma Sanders, 20, so Nuttall could rob him of cash, the court heard. Tony Kelbrick, prosecuting, said Mr Pinder had arranged to go to Skegness with Sanders and her friend last September and stay at a hotel. They met in Rotherham and he had withdrawn £250 cash to pay for the trip.

But Mr Kelbrick said Mr Pinder was then led into a passageway - where he was set upon by Nuttall and robbed of the cash and his phone.

One witness described the sound of the attack as like ‘someone kicking a football’ while another said Nuttall looked ‘so aggravated it was as if he was trying to kill’.

Mr Pinder spent nearly six months in hospital and was comatose until early this year. In a victim impact statement read to the court, he said: “I’ve had my life taken from me. If I want to do anything I have to rely on other people to help me.”

The court heard Nuttall, of no fixed abode, had a personality disorder and previous convictions for violence. He admitted robbery and grievous bodily harm with intent.

Sanders, of Elliott Drive, Kimberworth Park, admitted robbery.

Sentencing Nuttall, Judge Simon Lawler QC told him: “The violence meted out was totally excessive and quite gratuitous. You pose a very serious significant risk to the public.”

Sanders, who is now five months’ pregnant, was locked up for five years.

Judge Lawler told her: “You bear a substantial part of the criminal responsibility for this.”