Yobs jailed for attack on disabled man

TROUBLED CHILDHOODS: Left, Metin Michael Ucaran, centre, Stevie Daniel O'Neill and right, Mark Gerald Todd

TROUBLED CHILDHOODS: Left, Metin Michael Ucaran, centre, Stevie Daniel O'Neill and right, Mark Gerald Todd

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A JUDGE launched a scathing attack on lawless louts as he jailed three young yobs for their part in an attack on a disabled man in his home.

Recorder Richard Mansell, QC, warned the out-of-control trio that they could end up facing murder charges unless they curb their violent ways.

He said their escalating offending was a worry and complained that some disaffected youths see prison as a better option than life on the outside.

The judge made his remarks as he locked up Metin Ucarcan, 19, Mark Todd, 18, and Stevie O'Neill, 22, for a terrifying knife raid last September.

He told their lawyers: “I feel sorry for them that they have had a less than satisfactory upbringing but it doesn't excuse people becoming lawless.

“They have signed up for a life of crime . . . they have a chance to make about whether they want to spend their lives in prison.

“My fear, I'm afraid, is life inside prison with a roof over their head and a square meal is more attractive to some than life on the outside.

“They have been treated to the second, third, fourth and fifth chance approach which we see so often these days, but their chances have run out.”

Teesside Crown Court heard that O'Neill acted as a look-out while the other two burst into the Darlington home of the vulnerable 59-year-old.

Todd was armed with a steak knife and the victim was told he would be killed unless he handed them money, said Jonathan Walker, prosecuting.

The would-be robbers fled empty-handed when the man – who uses a wheelchair because of a neurological disorder – pulled a panic cord.

The incident – captured on closed circuit television cameras on the Firthmoor estate – has left the victim terrified about staying in his flat.

Ucarcan, of Pateley Moor Crescent, and Todd, of Cotherstone Moor Drive, admitted a attempted robbery, and were jailed for six years.

O'Neill, of Edgemoor Road, denied being part of the plot hatched by the others but was convicted after a trial and was jailed for five years.

Mr Recorder Mansell told them: “If you think violence pays and is something you can wear as a badge of honour, think again . . . too much drink and violence leads to terrible things.

“It can lead to people being beaten so severely they die, and if you end up in the dock again charged with murder you will be spending your life in prison.”

Barristers for all three said they had endured troubled childhoods and told the judge that they had trouble controlling their anger at the world.

The court heard that they all have previous convictions for violence, but despite long records, have never served more than a year in prison.

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8:53am Mon 19 Mar 12

swissball says...

more scum from Firthmoor!
more scum from Firthmoor! swissball
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9:54am Mon 19 Mar 12

the prompromprom says...

totally agree 'swissball'
totally agree 'swissball' the prompromprom
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11:10am Mon 19 Mar 12

smokin says...

should have got longer
a troubled childhood is just an excuse to get off with it and do the same thing again
should have got longer a troubled childhood is just an excuse to get off with it and do the same thing again smokin
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11:17am Mon 19 Mar 12

stevegg says...

“I feel sorry for them that they have had a less than satisfactory upbringing"; "Barristers for all three said they had endured troubled childhoods and told the judge that they had trouble controlling their anger at the world." The same old excuses trotted out in their defence as always, its not really their fault is it ! So they will do 30 months months in reality and out before their mid twenties, another pathetic sentance. Does anyone actually believe these oxygen thieves will ever change. These 3 spineless wasters have been given enough chances and should be stopped from being a menace to society ever again, leave it to your imagination!
“I feel sorry for them that they have had a less than satisfactory upbringing"; "Barristers for all three said they had endured troubled childhoods and told the judge that they had trouble controlling their anger at the world." The same old excuses trotted out in their defence as always, its not really their fault is it ! So they will do 30 months months in reality and out before their mid twenties, another pathetic sentance. Does anyone actually believe these oxygen thieves will ever change. These 3 spineless wasters have been given enough chances and should be stopped from being a menace to society ever again, leave it to your imagination! stevegg
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5:51pm Mon 19 Mar 12

B.roddy says...

Not been funny or out people like use sit there and judge people when you don't know what's goin on in there lifes and as from scum from firthmoor very much doubt it
Not been funny or out people like use sit there and judge people when you don't know what's goin on in there lifes and as from scum from firthmoor very much doubt it B.roddy
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5:55pm Mon 19 Mar 12

B.roddy says...

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. B.roddy
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6:54pm Mon 19 Mar 12

AndyCraggs says...

B.roddy wrote:
Not been funny or out people like use sit there and judge people when you don't know what's goin on in there lifes and as from scum from firthmoor very much doubt it
B.roddy, people are usually judged on their actions. Not what's going on in their lives. In my opinion it takes a real scummy person to do what these three have done. And as they are from Firthmoor, they will be labelled as scum from Firthmoor.
[quote][p][bold]B.roddy[/bold] wrote: Not been funny or out people like use sit there and judge people when you don't know what's goin on in there lifes and as from scum from firthmoor very much doubt it[/p][/quote]B.roddy, people are usually judged on their actions. Not what's going on in their lives. In my opinion it takes a real scummy person to do what these three have done. And as they are from Firthmoor, they will be labelled as scum from Firthmoor. AndyCraggs
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8:16pm Mon 19 Mar 12

B.roddy says...

Well andy u shudnt judge a book by the cover should u .... ?? At the end of the day these lads are getting called up and down but the sad thing is not one use no the actual truth.. Use just sit there and read about it no the facts before use judge
Well andy u shudnt judge a book by the cover should u .... ?? At the end of the day these lads are getting called up and down but the sad thing is not one use no the actual truth.. Use just sit there and read about it no the facts before use judge B.roddy
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10:28pm Mon 19 Mar 12

diga says...

B.roddy wrote:
Well andy u shudnt judge a book by the cover should u .... ?? At the end of the day these lads are getting called up and down but the sad thing is not one use no the actual truth.. Use just sit there and read about it no the facts before use judge
So what is the truth? What do you think can justify this?
[quote][p][bold]B.roddy[/bold] wrote: Well andy u shudnt judge a book by the cover should u .... ?? At the end of the day these lads are getting called up and down but the sad thing is not one use no the actual truth.. Use just sit there and read about it no the facts before use judge[/p][/quote]So what is the truth? What do you think can justify this? diga
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1:25pm Tue 20 Mar 12

MrMorden says...

Well B.Roddy please explain how you can justify:

A) Burglary
B) Threatened with a knife
C) Attacking a disabled person

Im guessing you are a friend at least of one of the convicted persons.

You see most normal, rational, law abiding citizens couldn't justify what happened to that innocent disabled man.
Well B.Roddy please explain how you can justify: A) Burglary B) Threatened with a knife C) Attacking a disabled person Im guessing you are a friend at least of one of the convicted persons. You see most normal, rational, law abiding citizens couldn't justify what happened to that innocent disabled man. MrMorden
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1:56pm Tue 20 Mar 12

AMB2nd says...

B.Roddy, I'm not being funny or "out" but it's "their" rather than "there"; "lives" not "lifes"; "know" rather than "no"; and "use" most certainly is not the plural of "you".
B.Roddy, I'm not being funny or "out" but it's "their" rather than "there"; "lives" not "lifes"; "know" rather than "no"; and "use" most certainly is not the plural of "you". AMB2nd
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11:54pm Wed 21 Mar 12

LAbabyx says...

swissball wrote:
more scum from Firthmoor!
None of them were from 'Firthmoor' Thankyou, they just moved over there.
[quote][p][bold]swissball[/bold] wrote: more scum from Firthmoor![/p][/quote]None of them were from 'Firthmoor' Thankyou, they just moved over there. LAbabyx
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11:56pm Wed 21 Mar 12

LAbabyx says...

But i do agree, absolute scum.
But i do agree, absolute scum. LAbabyx
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11:59pm Thu 22 Mar 12

miss.d says...

LAbabyx wrote:
swissball wrote:
more scum from Firthmoor!
None of them were from 'Firthmoor' Thankyou, they just moved over there.
LAbabyx- how much do u actually know of these?? metin does live in firthmoor and so does stevie and as for marky he only lives 5mins from firthmoor, so u must not know much,, as for what people are saying about these they are scum and they should of got longer, but as for firthmoor yes its a rough area but i have lived there all my life and im not scum so you shouldnt put scum of firthmoor because to b fair these three are the scum of the earth and shouldnt b aloud back into the comunity for what they have done, not just to this poor defensles man but what they have done in the past, and there up bringin should not be used as an excuse for their actions!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]LAbabyx[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]swissball[/bold] wrote: more scum from Firthmoor![/p][/quote]None of them were from 'Firthmoor' Thankyou, they just moved over there.[/p][/quote]LAbabyx- how much do u actually know of these?? metin does live in firthmoor and so does stevie and as for marky he only lives 5mins from firthmoor, so u must not know much,, as for what people are saying about these they are scum and they should of got longer, but as for firthmoor yes its a rough area but i have lived there all my life and im not scum so you shouldnt put scum of firthmoor because to b fair these three are the scum of the earth and shouldnt b aloud back into the comunity for what they have done, not just to this poor defensles man but what they have done in the past, and there up bringin should not be used as an excuse for their actions!!!!!!! miss.d
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4:50pm Sun 25 Mar 12

oliver james says...

Two are from Firthmoor i no there faces , and have personely watched them burning copper cable in the streets , abusing people and taking drugs. The police and the council are also to blame they no exactly who they are and what they get up to , but do very little if nothing. I have lived on Firthmoor 43 years and proud of it. I agree 110% these people are scum. I have worked all my life and no most people from the estate who good people not scum , its a small minority of this type of people or scum that pulls everyone down. The estate is at a all time low once again because the good people feel let down by the authorities who do not enspier us with confidence at all.
Two are from Firthmoor i no there faces , and have personely watched them burning copper cable in the streets , abusing people and taking drugs. The police and the council are also to blame they no exactly who they are and what they get up to , but do very little if nothing. I have lived on Firthmoor 43 years and proud of it. I agree 110% these people are scum. I have worked all my life and no most people from the estate who good people not scum , its a small minority of this type of people or scum that pulls everyone down. The estate is at a all time low once again because the good people feel let down by the authorities who do not enspier us with confidence at all. oliver james
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