AN evil thug who killed a dad after being given a ticking off for vandalising his car was yesterday caged for eight years.
But, as brutal Jay ONeill was led away to his prison cell, his victims cancer-stricken mum condemned proceedings as a kangaroo court and insisted: Justice has not been done.
Unemployed ONeill, 21, savagely kicked dad-of-six James Alford to the ground, where his head cracked like an egg, resulting in irreversible brain damage.
And, just hours later, the vicious yob BOASTED about the horrific attack to kids at a primary school.
Tragic James, 43, was killed when he challenged ONeill and his teenage pal Scott Milroy after a wing mirror was booted off his car while it was parked outside his Paisley home.
Last night, his heartbroken mum Mary Ferns, 66, told the Paisley Daily Express: James wasnt looking for a fight. He just wanted to try and get them to pay for the damage.
After tracking ONeill and Milroy to a nearby lane, James became the victim of a fatal attack.
Theresa Maitland, the victims 46-year-old sister, told how James was so proud that he had a 20-year no claims bonus on his car insurance.
She said: He has paid with his life for a wing mirror.
The court heard that James was repeatedly kicked as he lay on the ground and was found with his face covered in blood.
He suffered a fractured skull as ONeill and 17-year-old Milroy carried out the attack near Lochinver Crescent, Paisley, on May 28 this year.
Both thugs were originally charged with murdering their victim but the Crown later accepted pleas to reduced charges.
ONeill, of Dee Drive, Foxbar, Paisley, admitted culpable homicide and Milroy pleaded guilty to assault to severe injury.
Sentencing ONeill yesterday, Lord Bannatyne told him: A man has lost his life and, as was recognised, a substantial sentence is required in this case.
He told ONeill that his eight-year sentence would have been 10-and-a-half years but for his guilty plea.
Lord Bannatyne also jailed him for a further 18 months for an earlier assault on 16-year-old Martin Hester, who was knocked unconscious on May 16 in Peacock Drive, Paisley.
And he ordered that ONeill should be kept under supervision for a further four years after his prison term.
ONeill will begin the latest sentences after he completes a four-year term he is currently serving for robbery and serious assault.
Lord Bannatyne ordered that Milroy, of Lochinver Crescent, Paisley, should be detained for three years and two months for his part in the attack on James.
The victim, who helped care for his mum, had parked his Vauxhall Astra outside her home in Lochinver Crescent, where he also lived.
Advocate depute Bernard Ablett said Mrs Ferns was lying in bed after midnight when she heard a loud noise from the street. She looked out and saw a number of youths at her sons car.
She went through to his bedroom to tell him of her concerns and he left the house and found the wing mirror on the ground before heading towards a nearby lane.
Margaret Cassidy, the only independent witness to the attack on James, looked out from her window onto the lane after hearing a noise.
Mr Ablett said: She saw both accused repeatedly kicking at a shape lying on the ground, which she then realised was a person.
The witness told how she saw James try to get up, only for ONeill to forcefully kick his head and knock him flat on his back.
Mr Ablett added: Mrs Cassidy saw both accused continue to kick the deceased, mainly to the head, in a brutal and cowardly attack.
She noticed that, as the accused kicked the deceased, he wasnt attempting to defend himself and indeed wasnt moving and she couldnt understand why the accused continued to kick him.
The shocked witness alerted her husband and son and phoned the police.
Defence counsel Donald Findlay QC, representing ONeill, told the court: He recognises that he bears respsonsibility for the loss of a life that was completely unnecessary.
He said ONeill intended to take courses, such as anger management, that would be available to him in custody.
The court earlier heard that Mrs Ferns was devastated by the loss of her son.
Speaking after sentence was passed, she told the Express: This has been a terrible nightmare for my whole family.
Since my sons tragic death, I have hardly slept or eaten. James was my carer and, without him, I feel lonely and isolated. I miss him dearly.
James is never coming home to me again but the people who admitted attacking my son will be out after a stretch behind bars and will be able to get on with their lives. Thats very difficult to come to terms with.