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Man jailed for assault on homeless men in tent in Hull

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Image caption Jake Mann admitted assault at Hull Crown Court

A man has been jailed for 14 weeks after admitting assaulting two homeless men in a tent.

Jake Mann, 29, stood and filmed another man taking a running jump on to their tent on Whitefriargate, Hull, in November.

He was arrested after police released CCTV footage of the "totally outrageous" incident.

Mann, from Lincoln, pleaded guilty to a single count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Hull Crown Court.

Prosecutors told how Mann, who had travelled to the city to see a concert, had been drinking and laughed in the aftermath of the assault.

'No empathy'

Phillip Evans, prosecuting, said one of the homeless men was left with an injured knee and the other remains frightened about the possibility of it happening again.

Mr Evans also told the court how Mann's filming reflected the fact that some degree of planning had gone into it.

Mann's defence solicitor, David Eager, said although the assault was "mean", the judge could consider deferring the prison sentence in order to allow the defendant to volunteer at a Lincolnshire homeless shelter.

His Honour Judge Bury said that even if Mann did work at a homeless shelter, it would not be truly voluntary as it would be done in lieu of jail time.

Judge Bury described Mann's actions as "totally outrageous".

"You showed no empathy and awareness, and I have a public duty to show that this sort of behaviour, in a civilised society, cannot be tolerated," he said.

Jamie Nickell, 26, also of Lincoln, is due to appear in court on Friday accused of a single count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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