Two drunk thugs who repeatedly stamped on a Good Samaritan’s head causing a seizure after he rushed to help a distressed shopkeeper have been jailed.
Finian Michael Barratt and Tristan Long were kicked out of a newsagents in Croydon High Street after threatening the shopkeeper over a dispute with a friend over paying for an item.
The pair, who had been drinking into the early hours of the morning at a party, then threw items around the store, Croydon Crown Court heard.
The terrified man feared for his safety and attempted to close the shutters on the outside of the shop but the men yanked them up, causing them to break.
He then yelled out to the 56-year-old victim, who was walking to work around 6.15am on June 14 last year, asking for help.
The attackers, both aged 23, turned on the Good Samaritan and kicked and punched him repeatedly until he fell to the floor.
They then stamped on his head more than 12 times, causing a convulsion.
Barratt and Long then strolled away from the scene, leaving the victim for dead in nearby Mint Walk, the court was told.
The pair pleaded guilty to GBH at an earlier hearing and were sentenced at the same court on Thursday.
Barratt, of York Road, was jailed for 12 years with an extension period of five years.
Long, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 10 year with the same extension period.
DC Henry Vernon, who led the investigation for Croydon CID, said: "This was an abhorrent, unprovoked attack on a well-respected member of the local community who was merely making his way to work. Upon seeing a shopkeeper under attack, he called out for the men to stop.
“Both Barratt and Long then launched a sustained and brutal attack which left him with life-threatening injuries.
"I would like to commend the victim's bravery both throughout this ordeal. The shopkeeper believes he himself was saved from serious injury by the victim's intervention.
"The sentences Long and Barratt received are a reflection of the gravity of this attack."