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Stourbridge brother and sister launch horrific attack on commuter

2015-06-09 17:24:07

Whitney and James MaughanWhitney and James Maughan

A drunken woman - described as behaving like a raging bull - and her brother viciously beat-up a commuter waiting for his lift home during a 45-minute rampage at Dudley bus station.

Inebriated Whitney Maughan had already assaulted two other passengers – including a 16-year-old boy and a woman – on the 246 service from Stourbridge before the frenzied violence at the Black Country bus station.

Her brother James Maughan then joined in with the attack on the 30-year-old man as he waited for his regular service home after work on March 5.

The sister, of Barnet Road, Portobello, began swinging punches after the man waiting for the bus said he could not give her a cigarette. 

Moments later, her 22-year-old brother James weighed in with a flurry of blows before kicking the man in the head and knocking him unconscious against a metal seating area.

Whitney and James MaughanCCTV shows Whitney and James Maughan attacking a man

While he was out cold, the evil sister rummaged through his pockets and stole his mobile phone and £40 cash.

Despite the severity of the attack neither the man, nor any of the other victims, initially reported the assaults to police.

He was eventually traced and later confided to cops that he could not remember much of the attack but told how Whitney Maughan came at him “like a raging bull.”

The 21-year-old woman was finally snared when CCTV of the attack was circulated among staff from the region’s Safer Travel Partnership.

Following an appeal, she handed herself in to Wolverhampton Police, while James Maughan was interviewed by officers in prison in Manchester where he’d been remanded on other matters.

Whitney and James MaughanCCTV shows Whitney and James Maughan attacking a man

At Wolverhampton Crown Court, Whitney Maughan admitted four counts of assault and theft and was jailed for 31 months, while James Maughan was handed a two-year jail term for assault.

PC David Ward, of the Safer Travel Partnership, said: “These were shocking attacks on innocent members of the public. This type of behaviour is despicable and will not be tolerated.

“They completely lost control - lashing out at people on a whim seemingly just for kicks. However, we recovered good quality CCTV which enabled us to identify the offenders.”

Whitney and James MaughanCCTV shows Whitney and James Maughan attacking a man

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