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Two men locked up for late-night attack in Yateley

Two young men have been sentenced to two and half years for inflicting GBH on a 47-year-old man as he walked home from the pub

The Dog and Partridge Pub in Yateley.

Two men who 'savagely' attacked a man as he walked home from a Yateley pub were locked up for two and half years on Friday May 23.

Joshua Francis, 20, and Ricardo Stocchetti, 18, attacked 47-year-old Terry Phillips as he walked home from the Dog and Partridge pub in Reading Road in October 13 2012.             

They were convicted of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent after a 12-day trial in April at Winchester Crown Court. They were found not guilty of causing GBH while Charlie Hearmon, 18, of Kingston Close in Andover, and Luigi Bergonzi-Piner, 19, of Sherlock Lea, were found not guilty of both charges.

A jury heard how Mr Phillips was walking home alone just after 12.45am when he passed Francis and Stocchetti with two other men.             

After responding to a comment from the group, Mr Phillips was approached by a 'threatening and intimidating' Francis.           

During this altercation, Mr Phillips' jacket was taken and he followed the men to get it back. But as he caught up with them, he was kicked, punched and brutally beaten to the ground.             

The late night attack left Mr Phillips with a fractured cheekbone and serious damage to his eye. He now suffers from double vision and is unable to ride his motorbike.

At Winchester Crown Court, Judge Andrew Barnett said it had been a 'savage attack'.

Passing sentence, Judge Barnett said: "This was an extremely unpleasant experience for Mr Phillips and his family. It has caused a great deal of disruption to his personal and private life and he must now deal with the fact that he can no longer participate in certain activities with his children.             

"It is tragic that in most of your young lives you have behaved as decent members of society but on that night you behaved like violent thugs.             

"People who behave in a violent and thug-like way must realise that there is only one punishment that the court can impose - and that is the deprivation of your liberty."             

Judge Barnett sentenced Francis, of Westwood in Eversley, and Stochetti, of Dumas Close, Yateley, to two and a half years in a young offender institution.

 

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