An ultra violent robber who smashed in the faces of take-away delivery men after robbing them has been jailed for nine years.

Trained boxer Michael Dineen, 20, called a pizza delivery business, and a week later an Indian take-away, to Brierley, New Addington, last November where he used his Staffordshire Bull terrier Cleo to help him carry out the assaults.

Appearing for sentencing at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, September 9, the court heard how Dineen, of Applegarth, New Addington, stole the two men’s money and mobiles before beating them ferociously.

Prosecutor James Gordon said: "He carried on with the intent of causing continuous and gratuitous violence, using his dog and his fists as weapons."

The first victim, 31-year-old Syed Imran, suffered a double fracture to his jaw, a fractured eye socket and severe bruising.

Second victim Hadi Hakkak, who was out on his first day at work, was also left with fractured facial bones and bite marks to his legs.

Dineen then stole his possessions and his car, which was recovered later.

It was forensic evidence from the vehicle which led to the identification of the 20-year-old.

In July this year, Dineen was found guilty of seven counts including robbery, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and owning a dangerous dog.

Trainee Detective Constable Alison Scott, who investigated the attacks, said: "These were two of the most violent and vicious robberies imaginable, which left the victims with horrible injuries, from which they are still not fully recovered.

"The sentence means that a dangerous and violent criminal has been locked up and will be off the streets for a considerable amount of time."

Sentencing, Recorder of Croydon, A Chowla QC, said: "You have shown no remorse for your actions and the terrible injuries you inflicted of these two men.

"These were offences both planned and organised in advance.

"I have seen a statement from the victim, Mr Imran, and it is clear the physical and psychological impact he suffered will continue to affect him for some time in the future."

The court also heard Dineen had previously escaped jail for an assault at the start of 2010.

Dineen was given an extended sentence of four and a half years in jail for both offences, to be served consecutively.

When released on licence he must report to a probation officer for five years.

Mr Chowla spared the dog, registered to Dineen’s mother, but ordered a contingent destruction order which will see her put down should she be involved in violence again.