Moment thugs high-five each other after attack as pair are jailed
Watch moment thugs high-five each other after vicious attack that left one victim partially-blind and another brain-damaged and unable to speak as sick pair are jailed for 21 years each
- Jamie Elston, 32, and David Ratcliffe, 33, were caught on CCTV high-fiving after they attacked Christopher Whineary and Ashley McKenna while they slept
- The pair forced their way into a property in Workington on December 31, 2021
- They were sentenced to 21 years and seven months behind bars respectively
Shocking footage captures the moment two thugs high-five each other after a vicious attack which left one victim partially blind and another severely brain damaged and unable to speak.
Jamie Elston, 32, and David Ratcliffe, 33, were caught on CCTV high-fiving and hugging each other after forcing their way into a property on Razia Court in Workington, Cumbria and attacking Christopher Whineary and Ashley McKenna while they slept.
Carlisle Crown Court heard that Elston and Ratcliffe were filmed smashing through the front door at around 3.30am in the early hours of January 1, 2022. The pair had been drinking since around noon the day before, and had taken cocaine.
Prosecutor Brendan Burke said the motive for the attack was unknown, other than each victim had previously been in a relationship with past partners of the defendants.
After the pair broke into the property and the victims woke, Elston said to Ratcliffe: ‘Go get a knife. We might as well kill them now’.
CCTV footage captured the moment Elston and Ratcliffe walked away from the property in the early hours of the morning
The pair were caught on CCTV high-fiving and hugging each other after forcing their way into a property on Razia Court in Workington, Cumbria
They then smashed the men’s mobile phones with a hammer before kicking and punching them both. Mr Whineray later said he thought the pair ‘were going to kill us’.
Elston told the men that if they reported the attack, their parents’ homes would be burnt down.
The violence then resumed before the pair left. They were seen on CCTV high-fiving as they left the property at 5.22am.
Neighbours became concerned just before 9am, after seeing blood on the front door. When police arrived on the scene, there was blood spatter on the walls and Mr McKenna was found ‘gurgling and unresponsive’.
Ratcliffe was later found ‘drunk, agitated and angry’ with bloodied clothing at another address. He had also told an ex-girlfriend he had ‘punched one man’s face in’.
He and Elston were arrested and later admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the basis that no weapons were used during the attack.
Mr Whineray was hospitalised with injuries including a fractured nose, a cut above his left eyebrow, multiple cuts inside his mouth and a swollen face. He has been left permanently blind in one eye.
Jamie Elston, 32, (left) and David Ratcliffe, 33, (right) were caught on CCTV high-fiving and hugging each other after forcing their way into a property on Razia Court in Workington
The pair were sentenced to 21 years and seven months each at Carlisle Crown Court (pictured)
Mr McKenna was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle, where he was put into an induced coma and on life support having suffered a severe, life-changing brain injury. He underwent surgery and has been left unable to speak, needing round-the-clock care.
The court heard that he can blink when asked questions, and that he uses colour-coded yes or no cards. He remains nil by mouth.
Judge Ian Unsworth KC said the pair had ‘engaged in horrific and sustained violence’.
Referring to the CCTV footage, he said: ‘Knowing what you had done, in a quite breath-taking, chilling and sickening image, you could be seen hugging and congratulating each other, in high spirts, your brutal work done.
‘You evinced pleasure from the pain and suffering you had inflicted’.
Elston, of Iredale Crescent, and Ratcliffe, of Falcon Place, both Workington, were jailed for 21 years and seven months respectively.
Both were made subject to extended five-year licence periods, and must serve two-thirds of their sentences before being considered for release. They were also banned from contacting the victims for life.
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