Princethorpe man and two others jailed for inflicting life changes injuries on victim during ‘sickening and senseless’ attack

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THREE men who violently attacked a 42 year old Southam man, causing him serious life changing head injuries, were given prison sentences totalling 20-years, when they appeared before Leamington Crown Court yesterday (Monday).

Jack Bryant, 19, of St Nicholas Road, Radford Semele, had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to endanger life, when he appeared before the court. He also pleaded guilty to supplying drugs and also a further charge of common assault. He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment.

David Van Kesteren, 19, of St Michael’s Close, Ufton, had also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent to endanger life. He also pleaded guilty to arson, after he set fire to bales of hay in a field near to where the attack took place in Southam. He was jailed for eight years.

A third defendant, Jake Hall, 19, from Burnthurst Lane, Princethorpe, had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and common assault. He was sentenced to two years.

The attack took place in the early hours of Saturday 20 August 2011 inside a house in Ascote Way, Southam. Their victim sustained serious head injuries when he was thumped and kicked in the head to the point of unconsciousness and then had his head stamped on.

He sustained brain damage in the attack and remains unable to speak, stand or walk and is likely to need care for the rest of his life.

Speaking after the sentencing Detective Superintendent Alex Franklin-Smith said: “This was a sickening and senseless attack of such violence that their victim will never be able to lead a normal life again.

“I hope that the length of the sentences they have received will allow the family and friends of their victim some comfort in knowing that they will be in jail for a considerable time. I also hope that Bryant and Van Kesteren use the time they are in prison time to reflect on the gravity of what they have done.”