Ramsey: Jail for Mayor’s son attack

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A MAN has been jailed for his role in a vicious gang attack on a Good Samaritan who tried to intervene as they vandalised a car.

Adam O’Neil (22), of Great Whyte, Ramsey, was part of a group of youths who were seen jumping on a car and damaging it even though there was a woman motorist inside trying to drive away.

The incident happened in Station Road, in Ramsey, shortly after midnight on July 9, last year.

A 20-year-old man, Good Samaritan Callum Duffy, who had been visiting friends for the week, came across the incident and approached the group to get them to stop the attack.

But he was then rounded on by members of the gang who punched him to the ground before repeatedly kicking him in the head.

Mr Duffy did manage to get away from the gang but was attacked again by the same men further down the road.

He was left unconscious and was taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital where he was treated for serious injuries

O’Neil pleaded guilty at Peterborough Crown Court to causing actual bodily harm.

He also pleaded guilty to an unrelated charge of causing criminal damage to his ex-girlfriend’s car.

He was locked up at for 14 months for the assault, plus a further six months to be served consecutively for criminal damage.

He was also given a 10-year restraining order relating to his former girlfriend.

After the hearing, Detective Constable Sarah Fines, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal attack on a man who was simply acting in a public-spirited way.

“He approached a gang who were brazenly jumping up and down on a car, asking them to stop.

She added: “For his troubles he was set upon and suffered a number of head injuries.

“We will not tolerate such violence and those inflicting it will face a prison sentence.”

As previously reported in the Evening Telegraph, the victim Mr Duffy, is the son of the Mayor of Ramsey Councillor Lisa Duffy.

After the sentencing, Cllr Duffy said: “I am pleased with the jail term.

“It seems appropriate.

“I know Callum is comfortable with the sentence.

“He has fully recovered from his injuries.”

She has previously told of her horror at the attack on her son who had been visiting from his home in Blackpool.

Cllr Duffy rushed to the hospital in Huntingdon at around 3.15am to see her son and said: “It was horrifying when I saw him.

“As a mum, you would never want to see your son like that.

“His face was bloody and bruised and his eye was swollen.

“I just wanted to get to the bottom of what happened and to find out why they it did.

“We are very lucky it’s only superficial wounds.”

Cllr Duffy, who was elected to the post of mayor in May last year, pointed out that such an attack was rare in the town.

Every week, she and fellow councillors, Peter Reeve and Ian Curtis, patrol the streets of the town to help crack down on anti-social behaviour and they say it is having a positive effect.