‘Mob-handed at­tack’

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man has been sen­tenced to six years in prison af­ter a row over the sale of laugh­ing gas de­scended into a ‘mob­handed’ at­tack at a cot­tage in Mole Val­ley.

Drew Surgenor (pic­tured), of Horsham Road, Beare Green, and Con­nor Ha­gan, 18, of South Ter­race, Dork­ing, went to the home of Bene­dict Shaw and Niall Clif­ford in Hen­fold Lane, be­tween Holm­wood and Newdi­gate, on March 15 last year.

Mr Ha­gan had pre­vi­ously been in­volved in an ar­gu­ment with Mr Clif­ford over the sum of £200, which he be­lieved he had given Mr Clif­ford as pay­ment for nitrous ox­ide, com­monly known as laugh­ing gas.

How­ever, Guild­ford Crown Court heard how Mr Clif­ford said he was owed the money by Mr Ha­gan and would not hand over the gas or re­turn the cash.

Brian Stork, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court that a fight sub­se­quently broke out.

He said: “Mr Surgenor came from his car to as­sist Mr Ha­gan, be­came in­volved, dragged [Mr Clif­ford] out­side, as­saulted him on the floor and punched Mr Clif­ford in the face.”

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