Four thugs guilty of Shefford pub GBH

Three teenagers and a 20-year-old man were found guilty of an assault near a pub in Shefford last ye

Three teenagers and a 20-year-old man were found guilty of an assault near a pub in Shefford last year - Credit: Archant

Three teenagers and a 20-year-old man have been found guilty of assault after a “violent attack” outside a Shefford pub.

The incident took place in the early hours of July 1 last year when two people were attacked by the group in the car park of The Cornerstone pub, after trying to intervene as the group attacked another person.

The thugs then turned on them and violently assaulted them both.

Devon Zsentko was found guilty of assault, causing GBH, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.

The 19-year-old, of Kingsway in Hitchin, was sentenced to two years and four months in prison – with Judge Lynn Tayton noting that he was the instigator of the violence.

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A 17-year-old boy from Shefford, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was sentenced to 18 months in a detention centre and a training order after being found guilty of causing GBH, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and affray.

Jack Medlock, of Elm Farm Close in Clifton, was also found guilty of causing GBH and was given a 10-month sentence – suspended for 18 months.

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The 20-year-old was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and undertake a rehabilitation activity requirement over 20 days.

Eighteen-year-old Lachlan Brierly, of Chase Close in Arlesey, was given a nine-month sentence – suspended for 18 months – along with 200 hours of unpaid community work for inflicting GBH and affray.

Det Con Kevin Howes, who led the investigation, said: “The group has been found guilty of this violent attack, which left two victims injured purely for trying to help another person.

“I would like to recognise the bravery of the victims and thank them for their help and patience with our enquiries throughout this investigation.

“There is no doubt that these individuals have caused worry and upset within the local community and am happy that the courts have sent a clear message with their sentencing in this case, which will hopefully deter any such future offending.

“We would also like to reinforce our message that violence is unacceptable. We will track the offenders down and bring them to justice.”

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