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Five men convicted of an attack that left the victim blind in one eye in Reading

Alert message sent 08/08/2017 08:27:00

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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, five men have been convicted and sentenced for attacking a man who has been left blind in one eye in Reading

The victim, a 34-year-old man, was with two friends at Grosvenor Casino, Basingstoke Road, between about 1am and 3.30am on Saturday 19 December 2015.

During his visit to the casino he was assaulted in an unprovoked attack by a group of men who punched and kicked his head.

The victim sustained a serious injury to his eye and has subsequently lost vision in the eye.

A jury at Reading Crown Court found five men unanimously guilty of affray, following a ten day trial last month.

They were sentenced at the same court on Friday (4/8).

Dominic Wiggins, aged 27, of Holyrood Close, Reading, was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £2,000 compensation.

Jay Bennett, aged 43, of Hornbeam Drive, Earley, was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £2,000 compensation.

James Wyatt, aged 26, of Managua Close, Reading, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work and pay £2,000 compensation.

Thomas Nokes, aged 29, of Birch Green, Shinfield, was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and pay £2,000 compensation.

Darren Parker, aged 44, of Rainbow Park, Winnersh, was sentenced to 20 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. He was ordered to undertake 200 hours unpaid work and pay £2,000 compensation.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Holly Stothard of Force CID based at Reading police station, said: “This was a deplorable attack on the victim who has been left blind in one eye. The actions of these five men on Saturday 19 December 2015 have had a life-changing impact on the victim so I am pleased they were found guilty by a jury.”

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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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