Three men have received sentences for their involvement in a brutal assault on a stranger following an investigation by the British Transport Police.

On Wednesday, November 29, at Leeds Crown Court, Marley Hollings, 28, from Skipton Road, Barnoldswick, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent and was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

Kyle Smith, 27, from Rowling Hollins, Colne, and Thomas Scott, 31, from Meadow Lea, Keighley, both pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent.

Scott received a suspended sentence of 18 months, coupled with an 18-month probationary period and 150 hours of unpaid work. Smith received a suspended sentence of 15 months, an 18-month probationary period, and 120 hours of unpaid work. Both were ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £187 and were subjected to an electronic tag curfew from 9 pm to 6 am.

The court was informed that on December 21 of the previous year, the victim, then 29, was on a Leeds to Skipton service when he shouted at the trio to quiet down. They had caused a disturbance, with Hollings yelling ‘bomb’ and throwing a vape down the carriage.

The three immediately attacked the victim, repeatedly punching and kicking him in a sustained assault that spilled onto seats where other passengers were seated. While bystanders attempted to intervene, Hollings bit off half of the victim’s ear and spat it out.

All three perpetrators left the train at Leeds. The victim sought medical attention, and attempts to reattach the missing ear were unsuccessful.

Smith was apprehended shortly after the incident as he tried to leave the station. Hollings was arrested the next day at his residence, and Scott contacted the police, surrendering himself.

Investigating officer DC Liam Brown said: “This was a sickening and vicious assault and one which has left the victim not just with significant physical injuries and scarring but also seriously affected his mental health and he remains traumatised.

“This mob mentality of making others feel intimidated and uncomfortable along with a belief that they can do as they please without consequences will not be tolerated.

“This random violent attack has landed Hollings with a significant sentence and his cohorts with suspended sentences which, it is hoped, will prevent them from committing further acts of violence.”