Men jailed following brutal assault with baseball bat in Rochester
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Two violent offenders have been jailed following an assault with a baseball bat in Rochester.
Aiman Aziz and Ayoub Omer used the weapon during an unprovoked street attack on three victims, which left them suffering multiple injuries.
The assault happened during the early hours of 22 January 2023, after the two men had been ejected from a nightclub near Blue Boar Lane.
They were made to leave by security staff after Aziz headbutted a man.
Instead of going home, Aziz and Omer lay in wait for the man to exit the premises, before they then began a vicious assault against him and two of his friends.
Aziz headbutted the first victim again, before taking it in turns with Omer to assault the two other men with a baseball bat. Aziz beat one of them with such force that the weapon broke in half.
All three victims were taken to hospital suffering facial and head injuries, with one of men sustaining a fractured skull and a bleed to the brain.
Following the assault, officers carried out a search of the area and both suspects were arrested at an address where they lived, in Ordnance Street, Chatham.
They were later charged with wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon. Aziz was further charged with causing actual bodily harm.
Aziz, 18, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court and on Monday 6 November was jailed for four years and eight months.
Omer, 20, denied any involvement but was found guilty following a trial. He was sentenced to five years.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Vicki Hartland of North Kent CID, said: ‘Omer and Aziz launched a brutal and unprovoked attack on their victims after lying in wait for hours. The injuries they inflicted were grave and such was the ferocity of the assault it could have quite easily have led to fatal consequences. ‘The physical scars and psychological impact will no doubt remain with the victims for the rest of their lives, and I do hope that they can at least take some reassurance now these men have been jailed.‘