A notorious killer who called a Liverpool fan a 'cabbage' told police her did not 'give a f***' after attacking him on the way home from watching this year's Champions League final.
James Peter Gelling, of Hampton Road, Southport, assaulted Ventsislav Marginov, 51, on Lord Street in the town on the evening of Saturday, June 1, this year.
The 32-year-old's sickening interview with detectives was revealed today (September 13) after he was sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter.
He formed part of a 'gang of about seven' who attacked father-of-two Marginov after all watching Liverpool's win, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The Bulgarian native and LFC fan suffered a fractured skull from the brutal attack and had to be put on a life-support machine for his injuries.
He died on June 4.
The court heard how serial criminal Gelling said in a police interview: "I'm not a***d if he dies or lives, he's injured permanently, a cabbage. I do not give a f***."
Sentencing, Honorary Recorder of Liverpool Andrew Menary QC called the attack an "outrageous incident of street violence" and labelled Gelling "cowardly".
He said: "You are a lout who just looks for trouble and it's people like you who make towns like Southport hostile environments."
Mr Marginov and his two boys had also been watching the match, in Victoria Park, before their paths crossed with Gelling's outside of the Scarisbrick Hotel, at about 10.45pm.
Gelling, who admitted he had taken cocaine on the night, had claimed that some "foreign lads had started to argue" with his friends and he had intervened to stop a scuffle. The prosecution said this was "simply a lie".
Paul Becker, defending, said there was no evidence of racial abuse in the attack.
Mr Marginov's son was punched during the encounter by a member of Gelling's group, but it was Gelling who delivered the fatal punch to the 51-year-old.
Mr McDermott said Gelling had punched Mr Marginov to the back of the head, causing him to fall.
A witness to the attack, James Hinton, said the victim "looked like an older man and was no threat to anyone."
After the punch was thrown, Mr McDermott said Gelling was seen to "pull his jumper over his face and was smirking".
Gelling and his group of pals left the scene and were later captured on CCTV of bars they entered. In an attempt to conceal his identity, Gelling removed his "distinguishable" white shirt, Mr McDermott said.
When interviewed Gelling had denied being the attacker and had initially claimed he was a victim of assault.
He also claimed he only removed his top because he was warm and did not know anyone was injured.
Mr Marginov's son, Hristo, said the family had been left devastated at the loss of their father.
Reading a victim impact statement from Hristo, Mr McDermott said: "It's destroyed us"
He said: "We are trying to pick each other out of it but, but as a family we will never be the same."
Speaking for Mr Marginov's wife Branimira, Mr McDermott said: "He was a calm man, he loved reading very much. We have a family library in Bulgaria of up to 300 books.
"He loved football and had always supported Liverpool."
Gelling, who had extra security measures taken to keep him in the dock after he previously made an attempt to escape Bootle Magistrates Court, was given an extended sentence of 10 years.
After pleading guilty, Gelling will serve six years in custody and have four years on licence.
Detective Inspector Gary Stratton said: “This was a particularly nasty and violent assault on an innocent man who had been out earlier in the evening with his two sons watching the Champions League final.
“Mr Marginov sadly never recovered from the injuries he suffered and he died in hospital.
“His family, and in particular his parents who still live in Bulgaria, have been left devastated by their loss and the senseless manner in which he died.
“Sadly no sentence, however long, will be able to bring him back, but I hope the knowledge that Gelling will be spending a considerable time behind bars will bring them a sense of closure and allow them to begin the grieving process.”