A WINDOW cleaner was left lying in the street like a “rag doll” after being beaten unconscious while out collecting payments from his customers.
Ryan Wilson punched John White and then kicked him on the ground during a confrontation at Cairo Street, Hendon, Sunderland.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 20-year-old attacker fled the scene, leaving his victim unconscious on the road but returned shortly after to rummage through his pockets.
The shocking attack was captured on CCTV and shows Mr White lying helpless while Wilson helps himself to his mobile phone.
Mr White suffered three serious wounds to his forehead and face in the assault.
He was taken to hospital for treatment after a passer-by saw him lying in the road and called an ambulance.
Prosecutor Jacqueline Wilkinson told the court: “The last thing he remembers is riding his bike along Cairo Street and the next thing he knew he was in Sunderland Royal Hospital.
“He has no recollection in relation to the incident itself.”
Wilson, of Percy Gladstone Street, Durham, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and theft.
Mr Recorder Wilby sentenced Wilson to three years behind bars.
The judge said: “He is like a rag doll when he goes through his pockets. The defendant is lucky he is only charged with GBH, he could have killed him.
“It must have been an extremely frightening experience.”
The court heard Wilson has a record of offending.
But the judge told him: “This is serious violence. This is in a different league to any other previous offences you have committed.
“You came back and you rifled through his pockets as if he was a sort of rag doll and took his phone.
“Despicable is the only word someone can use to describe something like that.”
The court heard Wilson had been out drinking with his mother that night and it was her who pulled him away and stopped the violence on Mr White.
Jamie Adams, defending, said Wilson had a difficult childhood and was brought up in care.
Mr Adams said the attack had started with a verbal altercation between the two men.
He added: “He is disgusted with himself.”