Home Kent News Pair jailed for 10 years over ‘senseless’ attack

Pair jailed for 10 years over ‘senseless’ attack

2
0
Advertise here from £20*

Original article from Kent Live

Two men have been jailed for attacking two victims in Dartford town centre, giving one a broken jaw and nose.

Alex Griffith, 20, and Alfie Clarke, 19, attacked two men in their 30s on Hythe Street at around 3.45am on Friday July 19, 2019, shortly after leaving a club.

The pair have now been given prison sentences that total a combined 10 years and three months.

Griffith, of Pacific Close, Swanscombe, and Clarke, of Mildred Close, Dartford, became 'aggressive' to the two men sitting on a bench eating a kebab, punching and kicking the victims after they said they did not want any trouble.

Signing up to the KentLive newsletter means you'll get the latest news direct to your inbox twice a day.

It couldn't be simpler and it takes seconds – simply press here, enter your email address and follow the instructions. You can also enter your email address in the box below the picture on most desktop and mobile platforms.

You can also sign up to our website and comment on our stories by pressing here and signing in.

Griffith threw several punches at one of the men and they fell to the floor after one of the strikes connected with the back of their head.

At the same time, Clarke punched the second victim in the face.

He then joined Griffith in repeatedly kicking the first victim in the head while he lay motionless on the floor.

The pair 'briefly stepped away' after an onlooker intervened and two members of the public applied first aid to the man who had been repeatedly kicked.

Griffith and Clarke then turned their attention back to the second victim, threw him to the floor and kicked him before running away when they noticed blue lights flashing nearby.

The first victim was left unconscious with a broken nose and a jaw that had been broken in two places, and was treated at a London hospital.

The second victim was treated at a local hospital for bruising to their face.

The offenders were identified and detained after a CCTV review and after police spoke with numerous witnesses.

Griffith has now been sentenced to five years and six months’ imprisonment after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm.

He also admitted a further charge of actual bodily harm following a similar assault which took place in Dartford High Street on 13 October 2018.

Clarke admitted grievous bodily harm with intent and actual bodily harm. He was sentenced to four years and nine months’ imprisonment.

Detective Constable Martin Stevens, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: "Griffith and Clarke have both demonstrated a clear propensity for violence and left a man with serious injuries.

"In addition to their offending being senseless and unprovoked, their decision to repeatedly kick someone as they lay on the floor injured, unconscious and unable to defend themselves, is beyond cowardly.

"There can be no doubt they were intent on inflicting as much harm as possible and it is only down to good fortune that no one was left with more debilitating, or fatal, injuries.

"It is entirely appropriate that they have received custodial sentences and I hope this result provides the victims with a sense of closure."

Original Article