Trio get 43 years for South Yorkshire student attack

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Two men who robbed and viciously attacked a South Yorkshire student before leaving him for dead in a stream have each been jailed for 18 years.

Daniel Whiteley, aged 19, from Barnsley, was frog-marched to a park in Manchester where he was forced to hand over his bank card and pin number.

He was kicked and stamped on, then thrown unconscious into a freezing cold culvert as Michael Brownlie, 26, and Nicholas Lindsay, 22, left and withdrew £250 from his account.

Lindsay’s girlfriend, Katie Mongan, 18, was sent to a young offender’s institution for seven years.

She robbed him and punched him during the assault in the early hours of February 28.

Mr Whiteley, a first-year English student at the University of Manchester, met the defendants by chance in a takeaway after enjoying a night out with fellow students at a city bar, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Brownlie had been asking passers-by for cigarettes and Mr Whiteley was also approached but had none to give.

He was abused by Mongan and staff asked her to leave the shop. Mr Whiteley later bumped into the trio, who had been drinking all day, and was accused of being ‘disrespectful’.

Sentencing them, Judge Robert Atherton told Mongan of Mount Road, Longsight: “You hurt him and you meant to do really serious harm.”

He told Brownlie, of Emeley Close and Lindsay, of Aked Close, both in Longsight, Manchester: “You went on and tried to kill him.

“In the middle of the night in a cold February he was dumped in the culvert and you left him. Job done. You thought he had died and that is what you intended.”

He added they were lucky Mr Whiteley was found by a passing cyclist who called for help