A violent assault on a group of four friends in Dover has resulted in prison sentences for two of their attackers.
One of the victims suffered a broken nose and injured cheekbone in the attack, which happened in the King Street area of the town centre in the early hours of Tuesday 27 December 2016.
Another sustained swelling to his jaw and a temporary loss of hearing while a third also suffered a broken nose.
Joseph Holmes (pictured left), 20, of Wigmore Lane, Eythorne, received a four-year sentence for his part in the attack while Dayton Hayes (right), 21, of Wyndham Road, Dover, was jailed for two years and eight months. Both men will serve their sentences in a Young Offender Institution.
Grievous bodily harm
Holmes was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and two counts of actual bodily harm following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court, while Hayes had already admitted being involved in the incident. They were both sentenced on Monday 18 February 2019.
The jury heard how the four victims, all aged in their 20s, had been enjoying a night out on Boxing Day and left a nightclub together in the early hours.
One of the men was approached by Hayes, who punched him a number of times while wearing a sovereign ring. The victim fell to the floor but regained his footing and attempted to leave the area, only to then be surrounded by a group of about six men including Hayes and Holmes who repeatedly kicked and punched him to the ground.
The victim’s friends then stepped in, one of whom was headbutted by Holmes and another who was punched repeatedly by Hayes. The friends then attempted to leave the area, only to be further attacked with kicks and punches. One was knocked to the floor in a shop doorway where he was kicked in the head by Holmes.
Hayes and Holmes were arrested several weeks later and picked out of an identity parade prior to them being charged.
Investigating officer PC Sam Minichiello said:
‘This was an entirely unprovoked attack by two individuals who wanted to have a fight and did not care who they targeted or what the consequences of their actions would be.
‘Members of the public should be able to socialise without fear of being viciously assaulted by the likes of Joseph Holmes and Dayton Hayes, who will now both serve time in a Young Offender Institution. They have the rest of their lives ahead of them and one can only hope they take this opportunity to consider the implications of their actions.’