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Convicted rapist who beat man with learning difficulties and dragged him into path of oncoming bus is jailed

Mirror logo Mirror 18/05/2016 By Joshua Nevett

This sickening CCTV image shows the moment a Polish thug nonchalantly walked off after beating a man with learning difficulties senseless and throwing him in the path of an oncoming bus.

Damien Pankiewicz repeatedly punched his 52-year-old victim for no reason after approaching him at a bus on Brixton Hill, south London last 22 July.

His victim, who has not been named, fell unconscious from the brutal attack.

But the 37-year-old fitness fanatic, who had only been in the country for two days, continued his sickening assault as he lay on the ground.

Pankiewicz then grabbed the man by the neck and dragged him into the road and left him in front of an oncoming bus, which managed to stop just in time.

The victim was hospitalised for three weeks with serious injuries. He suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken leg and broken ribs as a result of the attack.

When he was arrested Pankiewicz head-butted the window of a police car, smashing the window, and causing himself minor cuts.

Pankiewicz denied the offence and claimed the victim had stolen his phone but he was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent at Inner London Crown Court.

He was jailed for 12 years and will be deported after serving his sentence.

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Detective Constable James Bateman from Lambeth Police's CID said: "This was an unprovoked and violent attack against a vulnerable man in which the victim received serious injuries.

"Pankiewicz initially gave no explanation for the assault, before claiming in court that the victim had stolen his phone, a claim we were able to disprove.

"He has shown no remorse for his actions at any stage. The level of violence, its sustained nature and the impact on the victim has been immense and has deeply affected him.

"This sentence will hopefully help the victim to get some form of closure to an event in his life which has been so traumatic."

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