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Warning – graphic content: Jail for Ipswich man Shane Gull for unprovoked attack on man, 76

11:48 11 January 2016

Shane Gull

Shane Gull


An Ipswich man has been jailed for seven years for the ‘vicious’ unprovoked attack outside a newsagents in Tower Ramparts last year.

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Shane Gull, 40, of Bull Road, was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following an attack on a 76-year-old man outside McColl’s on the morning of Thursday, March 19.

The victim was punched to the head, causing him to fall to the floor, and then kicked to the head and body at least 16 times.

He received a laceration to his head, swelling and bruising to his face, and significantly bruised hands.

Security staff detained the offender until the police arrived. Gull pleaded guilty and was sentenced to seven years in prison with an extended license period of five years at Ipswich Crown Court today.

Detective Chief Inspector Barry Byford said: “This is an extremely disturbing unprovoked attack where an elderly man was viciously assaulted in a public place. The victim then tried to defend himself by shielding his face, whilst lying on the floor and was further subject to injury.

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“During interview, the offender was shown photographs of the victim’s injuries, showing no remorse whatsoever and was completely unrepentant of his actions. Not only did he harm the victim but he also caused distress to many children who were around at the nearby bus station on their way to school.

“Violent offences like this will not be tolerated and we will make every effort to put offenders before the courts.”


  • @Ipswich Entrepreneur one line in and you blame Tory cuts. It's utter nonsense and note when he presumably had calmed down a little the article says he was "completely unrepentant of his actions". I get a bit sick and tired of people blaming a political party for acts of crime.

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    Chris D

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • This person has mental health issues and it is down to Tory cuts that he was let on the streets to brutally attack people. He is now going to be jailed for seven years, when he really needed to be hospitalised and cared for rather than imprisoned after being allowed out to hurt people. This video should feature in the next Ipswich Central video... look at the calibre of people who live in this town... people let this old man get beat up and didn't intervene. Don't need to be a big-built body builder or karate black-belt expert, people could have united even if verbally to help. They chose not to. I am sure if it was a young pretty female, the response from the public may have been different. So forget police cuts... do you feel safe living in a town where there isn't a mutual decency amongst people to look out for one another?

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • There were some shoppers who just walked away.......How pathetic is that ?

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    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Predictive text always check lol. Rot in jail and never walk free politely put

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    Lee Mundy

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I couldn't watch this video and never will . I just want to put comments the paper will print . How do you do that to this story. Hopefully my simple words to cowards like this guy will be printed Rotherham in jail and may you never be free and someone in prison gives you what you deserve . I have been polite hopefully this will get printed as my true thoughts will not

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    Lee Mundy

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • sickening, I hope he gets some payback when in prison, What the report did not say whether he has got any sort of mental illness or is he a drug user?

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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Only the four comments?! How many have the Star not published I wonder?

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    Tuesday, January 12, 2016

  • Why Is this country getting into such a state, Great Britain used to be a safe and great place to live, but it is no longer Either, Does no one have the power to punish criminals to a degree to prevent mindless acts like this from happening in the first place. I would not let this bloke out, Simples.

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    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Deport him, send him back! Oh.

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    Drew Peacock

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Horrible to watch. What motive did he have,other than to harm someone unlikely to be able to defend himself?

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    Suffolk Exile

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • “During interview, the offender was shown photographs of the victim’s injuries, showing no remorse whatsoever and was completely unrepentant of his actions" - In my opinion he should never be released if he can't see that he did anything wrong and has no remorse. He'll be out on 3 and a half years to do it again to someone else.

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    Monday, January 11, 2016

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