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Gnosall man jailed for violent assaults

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: January 11, 2013

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A GNOSALL man involved in a series of violent assaults in Stafford has been jailed for a year by a judge.

Patrick Raymer's first victim was 17 year old Ian Forrester, who was punched in the face after being confronted at a cash point in the town.

Stafford Crown Court heard that Raymer took hold of the teenager by the throat, knocking him to the floor.

The assault was interrupted by an off-duty police community support officer and the victim was able to walk away.

He went to Stafford Hospital and was treated for a broken nose.

Paul Farrow, prosecuting, said Raymer and two co-accused, Alan Bentley and Daniel Carn went looking for Mr Forrester at his flat.

The teenager was not there and the defendants went uninvited in to a neighbouring flat.

There, Raymer took hold of the owner, Thomas Jackson, by the throat and hit him in the face.

Bentley and Carn also assaulted Mr Jackson, and together with Raymer, attacked another man in the flat, Alan Dixon, who also had his mobile phone stolen by Bentley.

Mr Dixon managed to escape from the flat and ran to the police station to raise the alarm.

Raymer, aged 31, of Telford Lane, Gnosall admitted two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and one of common assault.

Bentley, aged 20, of Park View Terrace, Rugeley admitted two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and one of theft.

Carn, aged 22, of Greyfriars, Stafford admitted two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and one of criminal damage.

Bentley and Carn were each ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work.

Judge Michael Chambers QC told Raymer the attack on Mr Forrester was "extreme bullying". 

"You recruited two co-accused to go to his flat in order to prevent him reporting the assault to the police.

"Whatever the dispute between Mr Forrester and his girlfriend, it was no business of yours."

Elizabeth Power, defending, said he was out with friends when he was approached by a woman indicating she was having problems with her boyfriend.  

She said: "She having become pregnant and Mr Forrester not wishing to have anything to do with the unborn child.

"He [Raymer] took it upon himself to have a friendly chat with Mr Forrester.

"He does accept that he did assault Mr Forrester," she said. "Fortunately, the injuries were not of the gravest."

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