Bury St Edmunds: Suspended jail terms for trio in street attack

THREE men who were involved in a late-night attack which left a teenager with a suspected broken nose have walked free from court after a judge gave them suspended sentences.

Shane Carter,18, had stopped to have a cigarette with friends after leaving the Brazilia nightclub in Bury St Edmunds when he was punched in the face and ribs and dragged into the road, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

After he fell to the ground, he was punched and kicked and begged his attackers to stop.

The court heard that during the incident one of Mr Carter’s attackers was seen to stamp on his face three times.

Before the court were Joshua Stoggles, 21, of Worcester Close, Bury, Saksit Hemsing, 22, of Tomline Walk, Bury, and Samuel Reed, 19, of Willcox Avenue, Bury, who admitted assaulting Mr Carter causing him actual bodily harm on March 4.

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Sentencing the men, Judge David Goodin described the attack on Mr Carter as “drunken thuggery”.

He sentenced Stoggles to a seven-month prison sentence suspended for a year, ordered him to do 200 hours unpaid work in the community and ordered him to attend a Thinking Skills course.

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Hemsing was sentenced to a five-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Reed was sentenced to six months’ detention in a young offenders’ institution suspended for 12 months, ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work in the community and ordered to attend a Thinking Skills course. They were each ordered to pay �150 compensation to Mr Carter.

The court heard that earlier in the evening Mr Carter had been on the dance floor in the nightclub and had been pushed into a woman by the defendants who had been acting in a rowdy manner.

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