Attacker Florin Filipache
A frail Birmingham pensioner needed 20 stitches to a head wound suffered in a brutal subway attack by a 20-year-old man and his schoolboy accomplice who were lying in wait for him.
The vulnerable 75-year-old OAP was walking alone through the underpass near to the Crown and Cushion pub in Perry Barr last October when he was ambushed by Florin Filipache and the 12-year-old boy.
He was grabbed by the neck and fell to the ground where he was viciously kicked about the head.
The violent assault was interrupted by a passer-by before Filipache and the boy ran off with the old man’s mobile phone.
The badly-hurt OAP was given first aid at the scene and was then taken to hospital.
The pair were later arrested after detectives identified them from CCTV footage.
Jobless Filipache, 20, of Normandy Road, Perry Barr, was jailed for eight years when he was sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court after being found guilty of robbery and grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing. The boy was given a 12-month supervision order for taking part in the attack.
DC Paul Read, of West Midlands Police, said: “This was a cowardly pre-planned attack on a vulnerable man as he walked alone. Fortunately, a passer-by managed to stop the assault and was able to administer first aid until the emergency services arrived.
“The victim suffered potentially life-changing injuries and is still suffering physical and emotional scarring.”