Pair jailed for filming 'brutal' attack on homeless man

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Harry Sharman (right), 22, and Connor Pendergast (left), 19, were jailed.
Harry Sharman (right), 22, and Connor Pendergast (left), 19, were jailed.

Two men have been jailed for filming a “brutal and sustained” attack on a homeless man in Blackpool town centre.

Harry Sharman, 22, and Connor Pendergast, 19, could be seen laughing in footage as they brutally beat the man outside a branch of Boots in the Lancashire town.

The rough sleeper, identified only as Jamie, was taken to hospital shortly after the September 24 attack with serious head injuries.

Preston Crown Court heard that Sharman savagely beat the victim while Pendergast recorded it on his phone and shared it on social media.

PRESTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: An exterior view of Preston Crown Court on November 19, 2018 in Preston, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
They were jailed at Preston Crown Court on Friday. (Getty)

Both men, from Blackpool, were jailed on Friday having previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning ABH.

Sharman jailed for six months while Pendergast will serve the same but in a young offenders’ institution.

They were also each ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.


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Blackpool Police’s Inspector David Wilson said: ‘This was an entirely unprovoked attack, which was both brutal and sustained, leaving an innocent and clearly vulnerable man with extremely nasty injuries.

‘Pendergast and Sharman should be utterly ashamed of their actions that morning.

‘I am satisfied with the sentence handed down to them and I hope they use their time behind bars to reflect on the consequences of their actions.’

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