Three jailed for ‘barbaric attack’ on Letchworth man

THREE people were jailed today (Friday) for a total of 13 and a half years after a “barbaric attack” on a Letchworth GC man who was left for dead.

Jack Hogan, 20, of Ellice, Letchworth GC, was sentenced to eight years in prison and Billy Driver, 21, of no fixed address, received a four year sentence after they assaulted a 44-year-old man on November 2, 2010, in Howard Park and Gardens.

The victim, who nearly died as a result of his injuries, had his mobile phone stolen by Faye Braybrooks, 24, of Huns Hill Close in Stevenage, who will serve a 16 month sentence for robbery.

All three defendants, who appeared at Cambridge Crown Court, pleaded guilty to the charges against them.

Det Insp Kay Lancaster and her team investigated the case.

Speaking after the verdict, she said: “This was a barbaric attack on an extremely vulnerable and innocent man. These three callous people targeted their victim and plied him with drink.

They made fun of him because he was gay and having planned this most vicious assault they led him away. Jack and Billy attacked him, punching, kicking and stamping on him while he was on the floor. He was left for dead and is truly lucky to be alive.

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“Jack and Billy have shown no remorse for their actions. It is truly sickening. This crime shocked the community and I am pleased these people have been given prison sentences which reflect the brutally of their crime.”

The victim, who does not wish to be named, added: “I am extremely happy with the result and the sentencing.

“It is hard for me to describe how I feel about my attack. I do not think that people fully appreciate how devastating and destructive a vicious and barbaric assault like this has on you.

“My physical injuries are healing slowly, but my emotional injuries will remain with me for a lifetime. I spent a long time in hospital recovering and would like to thank all the staff for their fantastic work and would also like to thank everybody else who has supported me since the attack.

“It is good to see that the sentence that these three cowards received reflected the ferociousness, the violence and the brutality that they subjected me to that night.”

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