JAILED: Brothers guilty of vi­o­lent un­pro­voked at­tack

Vic­tim needed re­con­struc­tive surgery after as­sault

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THREE brothers who launched a vi­o­lent at­tack which left a man in his 60s need­ing ex­ten­sive re­con­struc­tive surgery to his face have been jailed.

The brothers, two of whom are twins, were handed jail terms on Mon­day, Septem­ber 29 at Isle­worth Crown Court for griev­ous bod­ily harm.

An­drew Loveridge, 20, was sentenced to five years in jail, while Mark and Matthew Loveridge, 24, were each sentenced to six-and-a-half years.

The brothers, who all live in York Av­enue, Hayes, were con­victed of the of­fences in Au­gust.

Dur­ing a week-long trial, the court heard how on Oc­to­ber 3 last year, the vic­tim, an Asian man in his 60s, was punched in the face in Tu­dor Road, Hayes, by all three brothers, one of whom was wear­ing a knuckle duster.

The at­tack left him need­ing surgery for mul­ti­ple frac­tures to the eye socket, cheek­bone, jaw and nose.

In a state­ment read out dur­ing the trial, the vic­tim said: “Since the at­tack I have lost my con­fi­dence in go­ing out alone for great dis­tances. I am wor­ried about leav­ing my front door un­locked even for a short while.

“My wife was very shocked and dis­tressed after my as­sault and my whole fam­ily were up­set, par­tic­u­larly as I had taught them about re­spect­ing oth­ers.

“The pain was in­tense at the time and even with the painkillers after re­con­struc­tive surgery I con­tinue to suf­fer. Doc­tors have told me I will have to wait two to three years be­fore I feel nor­mal.

“I feel the young men who did this are bad peo­ple. They have hurt me and my fam­ily and they have hurt their own fam­ily.”

Det Sgt David Braith­waite, of the Se­ri­ous Ac­quis­i­tive Crime Unit said: “This was a vi­cious, cowardly and un­pro­voked at­tack by three brothers on a vul­ner­a­ble el­derly man, which left him with appalling life-long in­juries.

“The grav­ity of this as­sault has been recog­nised by the courts

My wife was very shocked and dis­tressed after my as­sault... Doc­tors have told me I will have to wait two to three years be­fore I

feel nor­mal”

and jus­tice has been well re­flected in the sen­tences they have re­ceived.

“I pay huge trib­ute to the im­mense brav­ery the vic­tim has shown through­out this trial.”

The court heard how the vic­tim was driv­ing his car in Tu­dor Road with a fam­ily mem­ber in the pas­sen­ger seat, when he was tailed and cir­cled by the brothers on their mopeds.

The trio per­formed dan­ger­ous ma­noeu­vres around the vic­tim’s car, one swore and shouted racial abuse at the vic­tim, with another us­ing a glass bot­tle to threaten him.

The vic­tim drove away to­wards Houn­slow but later that day re­turned to Tu­dor Road, un­aware the brothers were still there.

De­spite the vic­tim at­tempt­ing to rea­son with the three, the court heard how one con­tin­ued to swear and shout ag­gres­sive racist lan­guage, kick­ing the vic­tim’s car.

It was when the vic­tim got out of his car to view the dam­age that he was punched in the face by the three men.

JAILED: (From left) Matthew Loveridge, Mark Loveridge and An­drew Loveridge

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