THIS sickening CCTV footage captures the moment two evil brothers pushed a defenceless teenager off his bike – before kicking and stamping on his skull more than 50 times.
Marcos Ringle, 16, was left with permanent brain damage after being beaten within an inch of his life by the McCaig brothers, Martin, 22, and Ryan, 17.
Their targets included a devastating attack in Everton that almost killed a 64-year-old taxi driver.
Harrowing footage of the attack on Marcos, from Crosby, was released to the ECHO with his family’s blessing.
It shows Marcos cycling slowly along Coronation Road at 3.45am on July 15 when the brothers cross the road and push him from his bike – a 16th birthday present they went on to steal.
The teenager barely has a chance to glance at his attackers before they begin stamping ferociously on his head and taking thumps at his head and chest.
They laugh and Ryan McCaig returns for more with his victim already lifeless on the pavement.
A witness told how she heard “uncontrollable wailing” and “groaning” from the street. Marcos’ arms and hands were contorted, such was the impact on his brain.
Judge Clement Goldstone, the Recorder of Liverpool, said Marcos was “pulverised to a pulp”.
Had it not been for the expert skill of paramedics and staff at the critical care unit at Walton, the Sacred Heart pupil would have died. He is now in a specialist neurological unit in Surrey and may never fully recover.
Martin McCaig, who is schizophrenic, was jailed for life but will be assessed for parole in seven years. Ryan McCaig, who lived with his brother in Harlech Street, Walton, was detained for 10 years. He could be out in six.
Marcos’ mum Ann today told how she travelled to Surrey the day after her son’s attackers were caged.
She said: “I had to pay £98 for a train ticket and travel for 5 hours so I can give my son a hug and he can see a familiar face. At the same time the McCaig brothers will be settling into prison life, with a date for their release.
“When I hug my son we will not have that luxury of knowing that one day this will be over and we can start afresh on a clean page.”
Mrs Ringle, who lives with husband Keith in Blundellsands, expressed dismay over the length of sentence handed to Ryan McCaig.
He escaped a life sentence because of his age – 16 at the time of the attacks. He pleaded guilty to six counts of robbery and two counts of GBH with intent.
Mrs Ringle said: “He could be back on Liverpool streets by the time he is 23, rehabilitated, re-educated and able to put all this behind him, something my son and some of the other victims never will be able to.
“I want to be a bigger person and hope that he is rehabilitated and would come out of prison repentant, mature and wanting to contribute to society but cynically anyone who can indiscriminately beat up old ladies, men or youths to an inch of their life probably will not.”