A man who assaulted a cyclist who had discovered him stealing his bike and insulted him due to his religion has been sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court.
The victim had been visiting his girlfriend’s flat in Pitsmoor, Sheffield on 12 February this year when he discovered 50 year old Jason Galloway fiddling with the bike’s lock, reports The Star.
The bike’s owner was taking photos of Galloway when the latter began punching and kicking him and making insulting comments about Islam, as well as banging his head against a wall.
Galloway, from Sheffield, pleaded guilty to attempted theft of a bicycle and religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The complainant stated he has been left feeling afraid and suffering panic attacks and he no longer feels safe at his girlfriend’s home.
Galloway, who has 33 previous convictions for 75 offences, pleaded guilty to a religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm and to attempted theft after the incident on February 12.
Rebecca Tanner, defending, said Galloway has had an on-going battle with drugs which is linked to the offending and he has been remanded in custody since the offences.
Ms Tanner added that Galloway has also addressed his drug problems while he has been in custody and he has been stabilised with a methadone prescription.
In mitigation, Rebecca Tanner said that Galloway had struggled with drug addiction but has dealt with those issues while on remand and is receiving methadone.
“He’s turned 50 and he feels, in his words he, ‘doesn’t have another sentence in me’,” she told the court.
Recorder Felicity Davies told Galloway: “Your offence was not motivated by any religious objection or bias. Rather, when you were caught stealing you were searching about for abusive things to say and you picked on the complainant’s religion and you were abusive.”
“You have come to the conclusion you are too old for this and it is time to make a life that does not involve committing offences and getting punished for them,” she added.
She sentenced him to 14 months’ imprisonment, although due to the time he had already spent on remand, it was expected that he would be released.
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