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Two imprisoned for 13 years for serious assault – Reading

December 6, 2012, 5:00 pm

Two men have been imprisoned for a total of 13 years for a serious assault in Reading earlier this year.

Andrew Naylor (top), aged 33, from Vulcan Drive, Bracknell, who initiated the assault, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court on 4 December, to two counts of section 18 GBH and one count of battery. He was sentenced by Her Honour Judge Morris to a total imprisonment of nine years with a four year extended license. A recommendation and subsequent application of a lifetime ban from licensed premises has also been made.

Paul Thorley (bottom), aged 33, from Bannister Drive, Hull, was sentenced at Reading Crown Court today (6/12), to four years imprisonment after pleading guilty to one count of section 20 GBH.

At about 5pm on Sunday 6 May, the day before the May Day Bank Holiday 2012, the two defendants were drinking in Revolution Bar, Station Road, Reading, when they assaulted three men who were also in the bar.

The assaults was entirely without provocation and Naylor and Thorley set upon the victims, repeatedly punching them. One victim was kicked and stamped in the head while on the floor. The two defendants then chased two of the victims, aged 26 and 28, out onto the busy street outside, cornering one of the victims in the bus stop opposite where he was knocked to the floor and repeatedly kicked and stamped until he was unconscious.

Naylor continued to stamp and kick the victim in the head while he lay unconscious, despite members of public bravely trying in vain to intervene.

Once the assault was over, the defendants were tracked by CCTV into a taxi and subsequently arrested minutes after the start of the incident.

Two of the victims received serious injuries including a bleed on the brain, multiple facial fractures including the jaw, eye sockets, mouth palet, noses and teeth knocked out.

Det Con James Faulkner, investigating officer, said: “This was an unprovoked, sustained and ferocious attack on three men who only attended the bar for a drink before their friend left for the train station on a busy Bank Holiday Sunday. One witness described the defendants as being like ‘animals playing with their food.

“The unprovoked nature of the attack and serious injuries the victims sustained has had a lasting effect on them and I welcome the sentence given by the Her Honour Judge Morris. I am also grateful for the courageous actions of the bar staff and members of the public who tried to intervene and subsequently assisted with the prosecution of the two defendants.

“I hope this sends a strong message during the upcoming festive season that drunken violence will not be tolerated and makes people think before drinking alcohol to excess when they are aware it adversely affects them”.

Naylor and Thorley

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