2 years for thugs who beat sol­dier

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A PAIR of bar room thugs have been jailed for at­tack­ing a for­mer sol­dier be­cause he was wear­ing a badge which hon­oured his fallen com­rades.

Tat­too-faced Peter His­lop and pal Dean Con­nor asked vic­tim Carl Hicks about the badge, and when he told them he had kept it on from a Re­mem­brance ser­vice they called him a scum­bag and at­tacked him.

He needed 22 stitches in head wounds af­ter they hit him with a bot­tle and stamped on him as he lay help­less on the floor of a night club in Ex­eter.

Bouncer His­lop, 23, of Cock­wood, Devon, and dig­ger-driver Con­nor, 22, of Ex­eter, ad­mit­ted GBH to 34-year-old Mr Hicks.

They were both jailed for two years by Judge Fran­cis Gil­bert, QC, at Ex­eter Crown Court.

He told them: “This was an at­tack for noth­ing which could have left him with per­ma­nent dam­age.

“Stamp­ing is a vile, vi­cious way to at­tack some­one. There was no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for it.”

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