A man has been jailed for six years and eight months after he stamped on a man’s head nine times when he was asked for a cigarette.
William Beckett, 31, was approached by two men at Dewsbury railway station in July when the attack happened.
He left one man with a broken arm, cuts to the face and head, and a dislocated shoulder.
Leeds Crown Court heard that Beckett was asked for a cigarette and he immediately became aggressive so the men walked away.
Beckett then began to walk off over the station overbridge with his friend but then turned back, walked into the waiting area and punched one of the men, who was 62-years-old,to the ground, kicking and stamping on his head.
When his friend attempted to stop the attack he too was punched to the ground but managed to get to his feet and run off to raise the alarm.
Beckett continued his frenzied attack until his friend intervened, dragging him off the victim and marching him up the steps and back over the bridge and out of the station.
However a few minutes later he returned and violently assaulted the victim again, pushing him to the floor and stamping on his head nine times.
The assault only stopped when he was pulled away by his friend for a second time.
Detective Constable David Bentley from British Transport Police said: ‘This was a completely unprovoked, violent and sustained attack which Beckett could offer no explanation for, other than the fact he had been drinking throughout the day.
‘The victim suffered cuts to his face and head, a broken arm and dislocated shoulder. He had to have an operation and months later was still taking painkillers and had some movement problems with his shoulder.
‘He was extremely lucky that despite the level of violence used against him he didn’t receive any brain damage or life changing physical injuries.’