July 24 2014 Latest news:
Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Two men have today been sentenced for their part in a violent assault at a Norwich roller skating rink which left a man with serious facial injuries.
Daniel Francis, 20, and Darren Prescod, 19, appeared at Norwich Crown Court for sentencing in relation to the incident at Funky Monkeys on Burton Road last March.
Francis, whose address was given in court as St Benedicts Street, was found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) and a count of affray following a week-long trial in February, was sentenced to 24 months in a Young Offenders’ Institute (YOI) for the GBH and 18 months for affray, to run concurrently.
Prescod, whose address was given in court as Lakenham Road, Norwich, pleaded guilty to affray at an earlier hearing and was given 14 months in a YOI.
The assault took place at the indoor skate park on March 30, 2013, when the 20-year-old victim was set upon after intervening in an argument. He sustained serious facial injuries that required hospital treatment.
Detective Sgt Sarah Knights from Norwich CID said: “This was a vicious assault in a public venue which left the victim with serious injuries and must have been frightening for other people to witness.
“We’re satisfied with today’s outcome and the custodial sentences reflect both the severity of the offence and the seriousness with which violent crime such as this is viewed.”