Two men jailed for murdering Huddersfield father

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John Patrick Collins
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Mr Collins's children described him as a supportive father who would be "sadly missed"

Two men have been jailed for life for murdering a man in a "brutal and utterly unprovoked attack" as he walked to collect his eight-year-old daughter.

John Collins, 55, died of head injuries after he was a attacked by Christopher Burton and Douglas Stephen in Brockholes, Huddersfield, last July.

Burton and Stephen both 29, were found guilty of murder after a trial at Bradford Crown Court.

They were both jailed for life with a minimum term of 16 years.

West Yorkshire Police said Mr Collins had left home on 28 July to collect his daughter from her friend's house when he was attacked by Burton, of Oakes Avenue, Holmfirth and Stephen, of Sherbourne Avenue, Bootle, Merseyside.

He later died at Leeds Royal Infirmary.

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The pair were jailed for a minimum term of 16 years

Adrienne Gower, area crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in West Yorkshire, said: "This was a brutal and utterly unprovoked attack on a defenceless man early on a summer's evening.

"The two defendants, Burton and Stephen, unleashed a ferocious attack on Mr John Collins, stamping and kicking him in the head and groin, then callously left him dying in the road."

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