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Bingley man, 58, left with life-changing injuries after attack by thief who stole his phone

Bingley man, 58, left with life-changing injuries after attack by thief who stole his phone
Bingley man, 58, left with life-changing injuries after attack by thief who stole his phone

Bingley man, 58, left with life-changing injuries after attack by thief who stole his phone

A 58-YEAR-OLD man suffered life-changing injuries when his skull was fractured in two places by the thief who had stolen his phone, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Steven Ratcliffe struck his head on the road when he was punched by Nathan Snowden in Myrtle Place, Bingley.
Snowden, 24, of Agnes Street, Beechcliffe, Keighley, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Ratcliffe at 11.30pm on June 22 last year, and to theft of his phone.
Prosecutor Howard Shaw told the court yesterday that both men were drinking in the Wetherspoons-owned Myrtle Grove in Main Street with their separate groups of friends when Snowden picked up Mr Ratcliffe's phone and walked out with it.


He was making off in a white Mini car when Mr Ratcliffe stood in front of the vehicle in Myrtle Grove to block his path and a confrontation developed.
Snowden, a passenger in the vehicle, felled Mr Ratcliffe with his clenched fist, fracturing his skull in two places and causing a bleed on the brain.
He dragged him on to the pavement by his ankles and put him in the recovery position before leaving the scene.
When he learned how seriously injured Mr Ratcliffe was, Snowden handed himself into the police.
He told officers: "He hit me first. I never meant to hurt him. I am not a violent person."
He said he intended to sell the phone at Cash Converters but threw it away instead.
In his victim personal statement, Mr Ratcliffe, who lives in Bingley, said he was now deaf in one ear.




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