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Harlow men found guilty after nightclub attack left man with brain injury

Crime / Sat 22nd Jul 2017 at 04:35pm

Basildon Magistrates Court

FOUR men have been convicted following a serious assault on a teenager in Harlow that left him with serious fractures to his face requiring surgery and fluid on his brain.

Luke Martin, 19, of Joyners Field, Harlow, and Craig Quennell, 22, of Long Banks, Harlow, were found guilty of GBH with intent and Daniel Lockett, 21, of Little Brays, Harlow, and Jordan Hinton, 20, of The Briars, Harlow, were found guilty of violent disorder following a 15-day trial a Chelmsford Crown Court. The jury concluded yesterday (Friday, July 21).

Sean Stuart, 32, of Tamar Way, Tottenham, pleaded guilty to GBH on the first day of trial.

All five will be sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on Friday, September 22.

Luke Quennell, 19, of Long Banks, Harlow, was found not guilty of violent disorder and GBH.

All six men had previously pleaded not guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, April 25, 2016.

On September 4, 2015, one of the defendants was ejected from Twenty One Bar in Harlow after getting into an argument with the victim.

The group then waited outside for the victim to leave and attacked him at around 3.15pm, knocking him unconscious. They then continued to kick and punch him as he lay on the floor.

The victim was taken to hospital with facial fractures and fluid around his brain, which has since caused black outs and memory loss.
Four of the men were arrested on September 6, 2015, and the other two were arrested over the coming months.

Investigating officer Dc Leo Fordham, of Harlow CID, said: “This was a vicious attack on a man who innocently bumped into his attackers while dancing during a night out. His attackers continued to punch and kick him as he lay unconscious before boasting about their actions on social media.

“The victim underwent emergency surgery in hospital for his injuries and he has shown great bravery throughout the investigation and trial.

“I would also like to thank all those who were involved in the investigation for their hard work and dedication in helping to secure these convictions.”

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