Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford man jailed for 'nasty' gang attack

Bartolomej Makula
Image caption Makula was part of a group of men who attacked Mr Alder outside his home

A man has been jailed for 15 years after a "nasty and unprovoked attack" which left his victim so badly injured he had to have his legs amputated.

Bartolomej Makula, 34, was part of a group which attacked Keith Alder outside his Bradford home in October.

Mr Alder, 66, remains in hospital six months after the attack.

Makula, of Southfield Lane, Great Horton, Bradford, had pleaded guilty at Bradford Crown Court to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He also admitted a charge of possessing an offensive weapon.

Baseball bats

Mr Alder was returning home from a charity night at a social club when he was beaten with baseball bats and kicked unconscious by a number of men, including Makula.

The retired roofer suffered head injuries and kidney damage and had to have his legs amputated above the knee after suffering from gangrene.

Speaking after the sentencing, PC Laura Worsnop, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "This was a nasty and completely unprovoked attack which has changed the victim's life forever.

"The quick response of officers to the assault meant we were able to gather the vital forensic evidence that linked him to the offence."

PC Worsnop said two other people had been arrested in connection with the attack but were later released.

She added: "Should we receive information which would provide further evidence as to those involved, we will rigorously pursue this to get the justice that Mr Keith Alder and his family deserve."

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