Two Leicester men have been sentenced for their part in a vicious assault on the occupants of a flat which left one victim with a brain injury.
Callum Carruthers (24) of Aikman Avenue, Leicester and Daniel Pollard (23) of Birstow Crescent, Mowmacre Hill both pleaded guilty to two counts of Section 18 Grievous Bodily Harm with intent at an earlier hearing.
They were both sentenced to twelve years in prison for each count at Stafford Crown Court today (Monday 29 June), the sentences are to be served concurrently.
On Tuesday 11 November, 2014 the victims, two men aged 50 and 68, answered the door to Carruthers and Pollard after they claimed they were police officers.
Once inside the property they launched a vicious attack on the two occupants and used a screwdriver and other weapons during the incident, both victims sustained serious life changing injuries.
The case was jointly investigated by Detective Constables Beverley Toon and Gary Dunigan. DC Toon said: “This was a horrific attack on two people in their own home, it was an isolated incident and the victims were specifically targeted.
“The 68-year-old victim sustained a brain injury during the incident which has had a life changing effect on him, the second victim has learning difficulties so the investigation and subsequent legal proceedings have in no way been easy for either of them, they have shown immense courage throughout the process.
DC Dunigan added: “We are pleased that both men have admitted to their part in the incident and we hope that this will go some way in helping the victims to rebuild their lives following the attack.”
Family spokesperson, Ian Walker said, “We are pleased with the guilty pleas and the sentences passed today reflect the seriousness of the crime. We hope this will help to ease the stress that the victims have endured since the attack last November. Their lives have been profoundly affected. The attack was vicious and sustained and caused serious injuries to them both which are still being treated today.
“They have had to move to a new area and establishing themselves into new routines is very difficult for two vulnerable people. The family would like to thank the police, particularly DC Beverley Toon and DC Gary Dunigan for their diligence and professionalism in bringing the case to court”
Sentencing Judge Chambers QC, said: “This was a brutal and pre-mediated attack, which literally left them for dead with injuries that were profound and life changing.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News