Eight years for hammer attacker
A JUNKIE who attacked an alcoholic with a hammer and held him prisoner after trying to get at his money has been jailed for eight years.
Brian Dooley, pictured, befriended Andrew Cyphus and allowed him to live at his home, Bristol Crown Court heard.
After sponging funds from him, and trying to get more from a cash dispenser, Dooley assaulted him and restrained him overnight before trying to withdraw his cash again the next day.
Dooley, 46, of Ashley Road, Bristol, was convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment. Judge Roderick Denyer gave him an eight-year prison sentence, with an extended four years on licence.
The judge told him: "Apart from this attack you have a previous for attempted murder 20 years ago, which was gang-related. I think you pose a real risk of serious harm in future if you relapse into drugs."
The judge summed up the facts of the case, saying that Dooley knew when Mr Cyphus' benefit money would be credited to him.
He said: "You took him to a post office cash machine just after midnight. The wrong PIN number was entered, you became upset and when both of you were back at your flat you attacked him with a claw hammer. You threatened to kill him and he sustained injuries all over his body. Many injuries weren't that serious but the major injury was to his left elbow."
The court heard after the attack Dooley detained Mr Cyphus overnight, taking his phone. The nest day they tried to use the cash machine again, also without suc- cess, and Dooley let Mr Cyphus go.
Dooley had a long history of drug addiction, though had managed to stay out of trouble when clean, the court was told.
Ruth Armstrong, for Dooley, said: "He recognises what he has done and he is remorseful."