Wednesday, 31 December 2008

This Attack Must Have Been Terrifying

On 17 November 2002, a 26-year old student was attacked by a large gang of black men outside Farnborough College of Technology.

He suffered a shattered spleen and serious damage to his liver, kidney and pancreas. He needs round-the-clock care and is still fed through tubes.

In March 2004, two High Wycombe footballers were jailed at Swindon Crown Court for their part in the attack.

Edward George was imprisoned for eight-and-a-half years and Richard Gould for seven.

Judge Tom Longbotham said:

"This attack must have been terrifying. Almost all of the men on the coach poured off the coach."

George and Gould, of Hazlemere-based side Kingston United FC, were both convicted of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and George was also convicted of perverting the course of justice.

Six other men were acquitted.

Simone Craig, a 20-year-old student who had been on the same coach with George and Gould, dragged the victim away from his attackers. Her bravery was recognised by the judge, who awarded her £250.

Det. Sgt. Ray Massie also complimented her, saying:

"Between ten and 20 people kicked this bloke while he was on the ground. Her bravery stands out."
George (left) and Gould are pictured below.

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