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Two jailed following South Tyneside assault

February 22, 2013, 11:53 pm

Two men have been jailed following a serious assault in South Tyneside.

Mark Guy, 29, of Trinity Walk, South Shields, and Robert Atkinson, 19, of  Alice Street, South Shields, both pleaded guilty to wounding a 45-year-old man in the Laygate area of South Tyneside on September 7, 2012.

Guy also admitted an offence of criminal damage with intent to endanger life which happened on 10 September 2012.

At Newcastle Crown Court today Guy was sentenced to six years and Atkinson was sentenced to two years.

Detective Inspector Paul Woods said: “These men carried out a vicious attack on a total stranger which left their victim seriously injured in hospital.

“Just days after the assault, Guy cut through a gas pipe putting dozens of homes at risk and causing concern and distress to the occupants.

“Now Atkinson and Guy are starting significant sentences and I hope that the people whose lives have been affected by their behaviour will take comfort from the fact that justice has been done today.”

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