Brothers jailed over savage rail station iron bar attack

Jailed: Brothers Joseph, left, and Daniel McAteer
Jailed: Brothers Joseph, left, and Daniel McAteer

A dying man today said he felt no malice towards two brothers who savagely attacked him with an iron bar at a train station as he made his way home from seeing his poorly mum.

The 45-year-old Leyland man, spoke after Daniel McAteer, of Robin Hey, Leyland and Joseph McAteer, of Troutbeck Road, Chorley, were jailed for their roles in the unprovoked attack at Chorley Railway Station.

The former IT consultant, who didn’t want to be named, was diagnosed with terminal cancer weeks later.

He said: “I was returning from seeing my mum who had a hip replacement. I saw a group of men on the platform. Suddenly one attacked me without warning. As I scuffled with him the other came at me with an iron bar and hit me eight times.

“Somehow I was not knocked out. I managed to get to the ticket office and want to thank the staff who looked after me.”

The victim, who was left with five scars, did not feel well in the weeks after the attack and doctors discovered he had an inoperable tumour that had spread, with a prognosis of around 12 months.

The court was told the McAteer brothers, who were found guilty at an earlier hearing, and a friend, were on the Preston-bound platform at Chorley rail station at 7pm on Friday, October 26, 2012.

Without warning Daniel McAteer approached the man and punched him. The victim grabbed him in an attempt to protect himself and the pair fell to the floor with the victim on top of McAteer.

As they struggled Joseph McAteer produced a metal bar from his sleeve, and hit the victim’s head several times before the brothers fled.

DC Chris Biggs, of British Transport Police, branded the case “particularly disturbing@ and added said: “This was a vicious and cowardly assault on a member of the public who was minding his own business waiting for a train.

“The McAteers clearly had no thought for the potential seriousness of the injuries they caused and Joseph, in particular, seemed prepared to use a metal bar to assault an unarmed man – the fact that he had the bar in his sleeve shows he was almost expecting to use it that night.”