Thomas Main jailed for life over Michael Wood murder

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by ANDREA McCALLUM

A TEEN who murdered a dad-of-two in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for life.

Thomas Main, 18, kicked and stamped Michael Wood to death in Aberdeen in June this year.

Mr Wood’s face was “smashed” during the attack and he died from his injuries.

Today (Monday) at the High Court in Livingston, thug Main was jailed for life after he previously admitted killing him.

Judge Lord Bracadale said the murder was “unprovoked” and ruled that Main must serve a minimum of 13 years before he can be considered for parole.

Defending, Mark Stewart QC, said Main had left school at an early age and had “drifted” into a life of drink and drugs.

He said: “It was the combination of his taking drink and drugs on the date in question which led to the incident which resulted in the attack and death of Mr Wood.

“There’s nothing which I can say which in any way explains or justifies the assault on Mr Wood – the apology I’m instructed to make will mean little to those affected by Mr Wood’s death.

“There is some understanding of the extremely serious nature of what occurred that day.

“There is some insight reported in the report in to the full extent of what he was responsible for and there is some indication that he understands the consequences of his actions.”

Lord Bracadale said to that the unprovoked attacked on Mr Wood involved Main “forcing” his victim down a flight of stairs and stamping on his head whilst he was unconscious, resulting in his whole face being “smashed in”.

He added: “This was a very serious assault which went on for some time.

“You have previous convictions of assault – one of which involved a weapon – and you were under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

“These are incriminating facts which will increase the length of imprisonment.

“I do take into account you age, that there was no weapon used and it was not pre-meditated.”

Relatives of Mr Wood present in the court room were elated and whispered shouts of joy when Main was handed down his sentence.

Main, was aged just 17 when he kicked 43-year-old Michael Wood “like a ball” so hard it left the distinctive pattern of his shoes imprinted on him during the attack in Balnagask Terrace late on Tuesday 9 June.

Headlock

The court heard previously that dad of two Mr Wood had split from his wife, suffered from an alcohol problem and had been on a binge with friends.

Main, who had five previous convictions for serious violence, had in turn been drinking vodka and Jack Daniels and was described as being “hyper” before he began punching Mr Wood in the face.

In evidence, the court heard previously how Main grabbed the older man in a headlock and during the struggle they both fell down stairs.

Main fell on top of the unconscious Mr Wood, breaking his fall.

But almost as soon as the teenage thug got to his feet again,he started kicking and stamping on Mr Wood’s head.

As he stamped on Mr Wood’s head one witness heard what he described as a ‘big snap’ – but still the attack continued.

Mr Wood was rushed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after but he died from his injuries.

A Post Mortem examination later revealed his entire face had been “fragmented” with only his jaw bone still intact.

Main initially denied any involvement.

However he later admitted punching Mr Wood and kicking him “like kicking a ball” although claimed he had not meant to kill him.

Police earlier described the assault as a “cowardly and brutal attack on a vulnerable and defenceless man”

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Thomas Main is nothing but an ANIMAL!!
    He gives the world ANIMAL a bad name. Hes nothing, he is a joke! 13 years is no way long enough for what he has done! The family of the VIC will never have their dad, son or granda back. No one deserves to die like this apart from MAIN!!! He is nothing but worthless. He thinks he is big and hard, put him in a room with a real man for 5 minutes and see how he copes then. Jail is nothing now a days, all luxuary for them prisoners. I say bring back the death pen, a life for a life, there wouldnt be so much crime then, would there?!
    Thomas should ROT behind bars!!! I really hope that inside someone shows him really how sad & pathetic he actually is. He is nothing but a lowlife that blames it all down to DRUGS & drink. People like him should be thrown to the Lions. Waste of space!
    His dad was happy enough to sit and give Thomas thumbs up, nod and shout on him, and people wonder why Thomas is the way he is. Its been brought up by a family like that is why he is the way he is. It was total DISRESPECT to the Vic`s family to sit their in the court room and do that. ALL friends & family of this lowlife should be utterly ashamed of themselfs for supporting this waste of space!
    That is how BIG he is, he had to hit the vic when he wasnt even moving – really does just make him look MAD doesnt it!!!!!!!!!!
    A LIFE 4 A LIFE is ALL I WILL Say –
    What goes around comes around!
    Its disgusting that anyone would even think about hitting someone when down let alone doing what he did. He still holds his head high showing nothing for what he has done. Well MAIN everyone thinks that your nothing but a little RAT and one day, just one day you might finaly realise what you have done you COWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. One day he will get what is comeing to him. Hes a lowlife. He is someone that will be walking in and out of jail all his life. With a father like him im surpriced he isnt behindd bars himself!!!

  3. HE SHOULD BE LEFT TO DIE, ALL ALONE. WHY THE HELL PEOPLE LIKE HIM ARE STILL ALIVE REALLY DOES PUSH ME OVER THE EDGE!!!!!
    HE SHOULD BE LEFT TO ROT IN PRISON WITH ALL THE ” REAL MEN ” THROW HIM IN A ROOM WITH ONE OF THEM JUST FOR 5 MINUTES AND WATCH HIS LIFE TURN AROUND!!!!
    AS FOR HIS DAD ACTING THE WAY HE DID IN COURT IE – GIVING THOMAS THUMBS UP AND NODDING, KNOCKING ON THE GLASS PANNEL AND STARING AT THE VIC`S FAMILY IS NOTHING OTHER THAN DISGUSTING! HOW A GROWN MAN CAN SIT AND LOOK AT THE VIC`S FAMILY AS IF HE IS PROUD OF WHAT HIS SON HAS DONE IS NOTHING OTHER THAN A LOWLIFE JUST LIKE HIS SON! NO QUESTIONS NEED TO BE ASKED ON WHERE THOMAS GOT IT FROM. HIS FRIEND SITS AND HOLDS HER HEAD DOWN AND CRYS WHEN HE GOT HIS SENTENCE, SHE SHOULD BE THERE WITH HIM 2. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO KNOW AND BE APART OF THIS LOWLIFES LIFE IS JUST AS BAD AS HIM. IF MY KID EVER DID THAT TO ANOTHER PERSON I WOULD DIOWN THEM. ANY NORMAL PARENT WOULD. IT TOOK MAIN 5OTHER ASSULT CHARGES BEFORE THIS – 2 MURDER SOMEONE. AWFUL – HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BANGED UP YEARS AGO! HE BLAMES IT ALL DOWN TO DRINK AND DRUGS AND A BAD CHILDHOOD. THERE IS MILLIONS OF TEENAGES OUT THERE THAT HAVE NO HAD GOOD CHILDHOODS BUT YET THERE NOTHING LIKE THOMAS. HE IS NOTHING BUT A WORTHLESS PEICE OF SH*T AND SHOLD REALLY BE TOUGHT A LESSON.
    WHEN THEY SAY LIFE IN PRISON IT SHOULD BE FOR LIFE. THIS IS WHERE THEY SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT BACK THE DEATH PEN. A LIFE FOR A LIFE! I WOULD HAPPILY SIT AND WATCH MAIN SUFFER FOR WHAT HE IS DONE, EVEN BETTER I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FATHERS FACE MAYBE SEE HOW HE LIKES IT THEN.
    HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL YOU FU*KING COWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. well i know thomas from torry and to be honest hes not actually a bad loon he did something stupid thats all he deserves what he got but hes not bad hes not a animal am not sticking up for him but half of yous only know him from the story you dont know him outside the story

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