Glasgow & West Scotland

Teenagers detained for attack that left victim brain damaged

Two teenagers who admitted attempting to murder a man left severely brain damaged by their attack have each been detained for more than six years.

The pair, aged 15 and 16 who cannot be named for legal reasons, attacked Ajani Tella outside his home in Springburn, Glasgow, on 1 August 2015.

The 59-year-old Nigerian, who has lived in the UK for 16 years, was set upon as he returned from a local church.

He is unlikely to be able to live independently again.

At the High Court in Glasgow, judge Lord Burns sentenced the 16-year-old - who also admitted breaching bail - to six years and three months detention.

'Catastrophic' injuries

The 15-year-old was detained for six years and nine months.

The judge branded the attack "brutal" adding: "It was a wholly unprovoked and motiveless crime inflicting catastrophic changes on this man's life."

The 15-year-old will be supervised for five years on his release while the 16-year-old will be monitored for four years.

At an earlier hearing, the court was told that Mr Tella was in the stairwell of his flats, in the city's Edgefauld Road, when the teenagers and a young girl came out.

The 15-year-old was drunk on cider at the time.

As they passed Mr Tella, the 16-year-old grabbed the man's hat before the 15-year-old launched a plastic bottle at him.

When Mr Tella yelled for help, they both punched him on the head and body.

'Stamped on head'

The court heard that the young girl failed in a bid to stop the attack and was "physically sick" at what was happening.

As a terrified Mr Tella tried to get away, the pair continued to batter him until he fell to the ground.

The attack was captured on nearby CCTV cameras and footage played in court showed Mr Tella lying motionless as the 15-year-old kicked him on the head two of three times.

The 16-year-old then kicked him before the 15-year-old kicked and stamped on his head a further 20 times.

Following the attack, both teenagers were later traced by police who found blood stains on their clothes.

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