Three heartless thugs kill man after ‘stamping and jumping’ on him in alleyway robbery

Three heartless thugs killed a man after “stamping and jumping” on him in an alleyway robbery.

Victim Michael Bastable was was left fighting for life while his brutal attackers splashed out on his bank card.

Police were called to the incident after 3pm on January 14 after a members of the public found the unresponsive body of Mr Bastable in an alley.

Paramedics rushed to the scene to try and save him but the 56-year-old was pronounced dead by crews who attended.

Ambulance service workers reckoned he suffered a gastro-intestinal bleed, although the only external signs of an attack was a swollen lip.

DorsetLive reports Winchester Crown Court heard the death was not initially treated as suspicious, but on January 16, police were notified by the victim’s brother that he had been to Mr Bastable’s address and found his bike was missing.

He had also returned to the scene where his brother had been found and located items in the area that he believed to belong to his brother.

It was then discovered the victim’s bank card had been used after his death and a full investigation was launched by detectives from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT).

Investigators were able to piece together the movements of the victim prior to his death and those of the defendants at the time.

They obtained CCTV footage showing Mr Bastable walking in the direction of the alleyway shortly before 3pm, with Damien Sean Johnson, aged 31, Hayden Johnson, aged 29, and Dominic Macdonald, aged 30, seen moments later.

Further footage also captured the defendants leaving the alleyway, with Hayden Johnson riding a bicycle.

Hayden Johnson brought a Scott mountain bike into Cash Generator at 3.40pm on the same day and sold it for £100.

At around 9.15pm on January 19 a man answered a knock on the door and saw the Johnson brothers, who he knew, and a third unknown man.

The victim was assaulted by the men and they stole £460 in cash.

Two days later, another man was assaulted by three men in the basement area of an address in the same area.

He was struck with a baseball bat and the men stole his watch and wallet.

The Johnson brothers were identified from CCTV footage of this incident.

Hayden Johnson also sold a watch matching the one stolen during the robbery at Cash Generator the following day.

A forensic post-mortem was carried out on January 26 which indicated Mr Bastable had died from injuries to his stomach area.

They were consistent with him being repeatedly stamped or jumped on while lying on his back on the ground.

The three defendants were arrested on Wednesday, January 26 and Thursday, January 27.

Damien Sean Johnson, Hayden Johnson and Dominic Macdonald, of Bournemouth, entered guilty pleas to the manslaughter of 56-year-old Michael Bastable at Winchester Crown Court.

The three defendants also admitted charges or robbery relating to the incident involving Mr Bastable and a second incident on January 19.

Damien and Hayden Johnson both also entered guilty pleas to a third robbery on January 21. They will return to court to be sentenced on July 15.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of MCIT, said: “We carried out a comprehensive investigation with a meticulous review of vast amounts of CCTV footage to piece together the movements of these three men in the moments leading up to and following the sad death of Michael Bastable.

“Through this work we were able to prove that these men were involved in a joint enterprise to target Mr Bastable and subjected him to a violent robbery, which had fatal consequences.

“We were also able to compile evidence to prove their involvement in further robberies, which were also of a violent nature and extremely distressing for the victims involved.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Bastable and I would like to thank them for the support they have offered throughout our investigation and the court process.”