Source: United Kingdom Thames Valley Police
Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, three men have been jailed for a vicious assault which left a man in Bracknell with life-threatening injuries.
Callum Fenton, aged 23, of Mount Pleasant, Bracknell, Aidan Hughes, aged 19, of Segsbury Grove, Bracknell, and Jaedon Smith, aged 18, of North Green, Bracknell, were sentenced on Monday (19/10) at Reading Crown Court.
They were all convicted on Friday (15/10) following a trial lasting three weeks at the same court.
Smith was convicted by unanimous jury verdict of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and had earlier pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article and possession with intent to supply drugs of class A and class B.
Hughes was found guilty by unanimous jury verdict of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a bladed article and Fenton was found guilty by a majority verdict of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and had earlier pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply drugs of class A and class B.
Smith was jailed for a total of nine and a half years, while Hughes was sentenced to a total of seven years’ and three months.
Fenton was jailed for a total of seven years.
At around 1.40pm on Friday 27 March this year, the victim, a man aged 34, was walking with his cousins through an underpass in Canterville Place, Bracknell, close to Mount Pleasant when Fenton, Smith and Hughes attacked him with knives.
The victim was stabled seven times to his head and back and required emergency surgery on his spleen, which had been ruptured, causing extensive internal bleeding.
Fenton and Hughes had also been involved in the supply of class A and class B drugs throughout the whole of March.
Smith, Fenton and Hughes were all arrested on 1 April.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Becci Stevens, based at Maidenhead police station, said: “This was a particularly violent assault that left the victim with life-changing injuries.
“Thames Valley Police will never tolerate such violence, and the sentences handed out will ensure that three dangerous individuals are out of our community for a significant period of time.
“I hope that Fenton, Hughes and Smith will consider the implications of their actions, and I hope that the sentences handed out will give some form of closure for the victim.
“I would like to pay tribute to the victim for his patience and courage throughout the process bringing Fenton, Hughes and Smith to justice, and would re-assure the local community that we will tirelessly pursue those who seek to do harm and bring them before the courts.”