Man beat innocent bystander unconscious and pulled him on to road in front of double decker bus
A man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after beating a man unconscious and pulling him on to a road in front of a double decker bus.
Damien Pankiewicz (37) was convicted of grievous bodily arm after the unprovoked attack on another man with learning difficulties on July 22 last year.
The Polish man, who had previous convictions for rape and assault, had only been in the country two days before he attacked the 52-year-old man.
The court heard that Pankiewicz approached the victim at a bus stop on Brixton Hill at around 7pm on the evening in question and began repeatedly punching him.
After the vulnerable man fell unconscious on the ground, Pankiewicz continued to punch the victim.
Met Police have released CCTV footage of him grabbing the victim by the neck, dragging him in front of an oncoming bus.
The bus stopped just before hitting the unconscious man but he was still hospitalised for three weeks with serious injuries.
He suffered bleeding on the brain, a broken leg and broken ribs as a result of the attack.
Pankiewicz head-butted the window of a police car and smashed the window with his face when he was arrested.
He will be deported after serving his prison sentence.
Detective Constable James Bateman from Lambeth Police's CID said: "This was an unprovoked and violent attack against a vulnerable man in which the victim received serious injuries. Pankiewicz initially gave no explanation for the assault, before claiming in court that the victim had stolen his phone, a claim we were able to disprove. He has shown no remorse for his actions at any stage. The level of violence, its sustained nature and the impact on the victim has been immense and has deeply affected him.
"This sentence will hopefully help the victim to get some form of closure to an event in his life which has been so traumatic."