Analyst who attacked two lawyers after night out jailed for six months

Analyst who attacked two lawyers after night out jailed for six months

11/17/2022

Banking analyst, 26, who launched brutal attack on two lawyers who got into a taxi he had booked is jailed for six months

  • Bank analyst who carried out brutal attack on two lawyers jailed for six months
  • Connor Rogers set upon the two Crown Office lawyers after a night out in Perth
  • The men unintentionally stepped into a taxi that Rogers had already booked
  • Rogers, 26, punched, kicked and kneed the men in a series of brutal attacks 

A banking analyst who carried out a brutal attack on two Crown Office lawyers because they got into his pre-booked taxi has been jailed for six months.

Connor Rogers, 26, knocked one of the prosecutors unconscious after they inadvertently got into a cab he had ordered to pick him up from a bar in Perth, Scotland, on June 2.

Perth Sheriff Court was told the Operations Analyst rained more than a dozen blows on the second lawyer during the sustained assault.

Rogers left the scene twice but returned to continue punching the victims in the head outside a Perth bar where they had been enjoying a night out.

In sentencing Rogers to six months jail, Sheriff Rory Bannerman said: ‘This was a brutal, sustained and repeated attack on two entirely blameless and innocent members of the public.

‘It was in an open public space and witnessed by innocent bystanders. You rained down blows on the first victim, five or six punches. One was kneeled on the ground, injured and entirely defenceless. You were unconcerned about the consequences.

Connor Rogers, 26, knocked one of the prosecutors unconscious after they inadvertently got into a cab he had ordered to pick him up from a bar in Perth, Scotland, on June 2

‘The second victim was attacked on three separate occasions. A minute of you deliberately returning to the scene of the assault twice, despite walking away twice.’

People attempted to stop Rogers and keep him from the victims, but Sheriff Bannerman said: ‘You targeted that man with 13 to 14 punches, one knee to the face and one kick to the face.

‘Almost all blows were to his head and you were apparently unconcerned about the consequences. You are extremely fortunate not to be in a higher court.’ 

Rogers had an assault conviction from 2020 and had not ‘taken the warning’ after being sentenced to a community payback order.

Rogers, of Primrose Crescent, Perth, admitted assaulting the first man by punching him and knocking him down before repeatedly punching his head.

He also admitted injuring the second man by repeatedly punching and kicking him on the head in Glasgow Road, Perth, on June 2 this year.

Fiscal depute Sarah High told the court: ‘A taxi pulled up and the two complainers got into the vehicle. It became apparent the taxi had been booked for the accused and the individuals he was with. As soon as that became apparent, the two men exited the taxi.

‘The first complainer has little recollection, but recalls falling to the floor. He believes he was knocked unconscious, but when he came to he could see his friend bleeding from his face.

‘The second victim recalls going to help and he got a blow to the face which caused a bleeding nose. There was a scuffle with the accused.’

Perth Sheriff Court was told the Operations Analyst rained more than a dozen blows on the second lawyer during the sustained assault

A motorist who saw the initial attack got out of her car to help as Rogers walked away. She saw him return to hit the first man again as he kneeled in the road.

Both victims had to be taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, where they were treated for concussion, cuts and bruising, before being released.

Rogers, defending himself, initially denied returning to the scene twice to continue the attacks, but changed his view after watching CCTV footage.

He said: ‘I attacked him when he was on the ground. There were multiple punches but only one kick. It was a knee to the head. 

‘After reviewing the footage I have realised there was an incidence where I had left then came back. I came back to engage again, which is not normal behaviour on my part.

‘The reason the erratic behaviour happened that night has been a build-up of stuff that’s been happening at home. A lot of stress led to it and the drink made it a lot worse.’

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