Chil­dren screamed as man beat up neigh­bour

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Violent Thugs Jailed - By Paul Hooper

A thug who beat up a neigh­bour with a chain, knuck­le­duster and baseball bat in front of chil­dren has been jailed for 10 years.

Lance Si­mon and oth­ers smashed their way into the home of vic­tim Stuart Lyus in Cade Road, Ash­ford in March last year.

As chil­dren and women screamed in fear, the 28-yearold laid into his neigh­bour in a vi­cious at­tack which left the vic­tim with 20 in­juries.

A jury at Can­ter­bury Crown Court took eight hours be­fore con­vict­ing Si­mon of wound­ing with in­tent – and ac­quit­ting a sec­ond man. Both had de­nied the charge.

Judge Si­mon Lowe told him: “This was a vi­cious at­tack which lasted for half a minute in his own home and in front of women and chil­dren who were about to have a house party.”

The court heard how the men had burst into the house armed with weapons – and the vic­tim was left with chain marks along his body.

The at­tack took place “within inches” of ter­ri­fied chil­dren and women as blows rained down on Mr Lyus.

The court heard that the two fam­i­lies live in the same street and there had been bad blood be­tween them.

But the Judge told Si­mon: “You wouldn’t wish this upon your own fam­ily but you vis­ited upon Mr Lyus in his own home us­ing weapons.”

A third man, mar­ket­ing man­ager Ja­son But­ler, 31, for­merly of Ash­ford and now Craw­ley, was or­dered to do 150 hours of un­paid work and pay his vic­tim £300 af­ter he had ad­mit­ted com­mon as­sault at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Judge Lowe told him that be­cause of his pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and his in­abil­ity to obey court or­ders “I am sur- prised to hear you have such a good job.”

‘This was a vi­cious at­tack in front of women and chil­dren who were about to have a house party’

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