December 5 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 11, 2013
Two teenagers who carried out a “vicious and violent” attack on a man who refused to sell them drugs in Brantham have both been handed lengthy terms in a young offenders’ institute.
Luke Brownsdon and Floyd Double appeared for sentencing at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday having been convicted of a burglary in which they fractured their 19-year-old victim’s eye-socket and jaw before stealing his mobile phone and cannabis.
Handing Brownsdon, 19, a five-year sentence in a young offenders institute, Judge David Goodwin said that although he accepted the defendants had not set out to rob anyone, they had “targeted” their victim when they believed he had drugs, knocked him to the ground and taken his property.
“It was a most violent and vicious attack with serious injury,” he said.
Brownsdon, of Shenstone Gardens, Romford, wept as the Judge delivered his sentence. His defence solicitor, Philippa Beswick, argued that he had been a heavy crystal meth user at the time of the crime on October 7 last year, but had since given up drugs, found work and avoided trouble.
“I would suggest that the young man you see before you today is completely different to the one you’ve read and heard about carrying on in the way he did last year,” she said.
Defending Double, 18, of Colchester Road, Manningtree, Kirsty Panton argued that although the robbery had been a joint enterprise, her client had only “peripheral involvement”.
“He is guilty of not calling the police, he is guilty of being there with them, but I would suggest that is far as it goes,” she said.
She also said Double had stayed free from trouble and disassociated himself from his former friends, whom he was “angry” with for leading him down that path.
Taking into account Double’s early guilty plea and accepting he “may have been hanging back behind the principal offender” during the attack, Judge Goodwin sentenced him to four-years in a young offenders institute.
A third defendant, who was 15 at the time, had previously been given a youth rehabilitation order with a curfew requirement.