Daniel Sharples was sent to prison for life this morning for his brutal attack on defenseless Michael Mairs, whom he kicked in the face.
A martial arts fan who murdered a vulnerable amputee in his wheelchair was fuelled by his “hatred” for homeless people.
Daniel Sharples was sent to prison for life today for killing the vulnerable Michael Mairs, who he kicked in the face and knocked out of his wheelchair.
And a judge convicted him for apparently targeting Mr. Mairs, who on October 6 last year was minding his own business due to his personal circumstances.
Sharples, who was smiling this morning on the Crown Court dock in Liverpool during the sentencing, was sentenced to at least 21 years in prison before he can be considered for parole.
The 38-year-old continued to beat the 53-year-old as he lay unconscious on the floor, even knocking him out of his wheelchair onto the floor.
Judge Thomas Teague also dismissed Sharple’s initial allegations to the police that the victim sold spice or heroin to his 15-year-old son and called this allegation “untrue.
The bizarre allegations that his child was left in a coma because of drug use were also exposed as completely false.
“It was just a threadbare cover for your prejudices against those unfortunate people, including Mr. Mairs, who liked to gather under the bridge in front of Warrington Central Station and who are often either homeless or addicted to alcohol or other substances or both.
Judge Teague told Sharples: “There was not one word of truth in what you said about your victim.
“That was something you revealed after your arrest when you said to the custody sergeant: ‘Why don’t you do your job and get all these knuckleheads off the housing estate [and]downtown f******?
Sharples decided to approach Mr. Mairs at lunchtime, when he was sitting under the bridge drinking with friends, “do no harm to anyone,” the judge said.
Sharples had spent the morning drinking lager beer and aniseed liqueur with pancakes for breakfast when he got into an argument with Mr. Mairs and fabricated a story about the victim supplying his teenage son with Class A drugs.
He began by attacking two other men, Shaun Taylor and Wilfred Hewitt, threw Mr. Taylor against a metal fence and then kicked him in the torso.
He was knocked out of his chair, which was thrown out of his reach, and then repeatedly kicked and kicked his head while unconscious.
Sharples has few priors, said D.A. Richard Pratt, with only a previous jail sentence for violating a community punishment for criminal damage and public disorder, for which he was locked up for 12 weeks.
Mr. Hewitt was kicked twice in the face before Sharples confronted Mr. Mairs, and punched in the face before he delivered two powerful, martial arts-like kicks, again to the head and face as he sat in his wheelchair.