A violent man has been convicted after his “savage, unprovoked and sustained attack” on an elderly lollipop man on the way home from work.
Robert Philips, 56, of Eccleston House, Tulse Hill, was sentenced to five and a half years in jail for grievous bodily harm with intent and common assault. Philips pleaded not guilty to all offences.
The victim, 78, from Wansworth was walking through St Leonard’s Churchyard, Streatham, when Philips jumped out from behind a gravestone and shouted “Go Away!”
Philips then kicked him to the floor, continuing to kick him all over his body and stamping on his neck.
A passer-by witnessed the crime and hurried to help him. Police identified Philips at the scene before making his arrest in September last year.
DC Chris Stewart of Lambeth CID, said: “I hope that the sentence will bring some reassurance to those affected by this assault, that police will not tolerate this type of behaviour.
“The victim is 78 years old and a well-respected local man who was subjected to an unprovoked attack while walking home from work.
“This attack has resulted in him losing his mobility and job. I would like to thank the victim who has shown incredible bravery throughout this investigation.
“I would also like to thank the witnesses who assisted this case.”