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Whitehaven pub attack man jailed for almost seven years

Mark Quigley, 43 Photo: Cumbria Police

A man has been jailed for almost seven years for a vicious Whitehaven pub attack.

Carlisle Crown Court heard how Mark Quigley dragged "defenceless" victim Ryan Burns by the throat from a bar stool inside the Yellow Earl pub late on December 30.

Mr Burns, described as a "happy drunk" at the time and "almost half-asleep", was slammed to the floor by Quigley.

Some witnesses believed he was already unconscious on the ground by the time Quigley stamped hard on his face four times as he lay prone and horrified bystanders looked on.

One staff member was said to have "vomited" having witnessed the violence, which was graphically caught on pub CCTV footage and later leaked on social media.

As others in the pub tried to restrain 43-year-old Quigley, his wife - a nurse - assisted Mr Burns and placed him in the recovery position.

But Quigley, described as "a man possessed", was said to have urged her "don't help him" and "let him bleed out".

The crime had a profound effect on Mr Burns, who suffered four facial fractures and today, Friday 23 February, as he attended court for his attacker's sentencing, still bore some injuries.

Quigley - like his victim a Sellafield worker - admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He "bitterly" regretted an "out of character" offence described by his barrister as an "aberration".

A married dad, he was backed by a raft of supportive character references in which he was said generally to be "calm, reasonable and dedicated to his family".

Quigley, of Hillcrest Avenue, Whitehaven, was jailed for six years and nine months.

Judge James Adkin described the violence as "explosive", and told him: "It is, in fact, pure good fortune that his injuries were not more significant - that he didn't suffer a fractured skull."