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Pair jailed for 'mindless' attack in Weymouth
TWO young men have been jailed for a ‘mindless’ attack in Weymouth which ruined their victim’s dream of becoming an army officer.
Charlie Darch, aged 22, and Zac Anthony Walden, aged 21, received five years imprisonment at Dorchester Crown Court this afternoon after they admitted grievous bodily harm with intent.
The court heard that they attacked a man in Weymouth during the early hours of September 13 this year and Darch, who was wearing steel toe cap boots, kicked him in the head.
In CCTV footage shown to the court, Walden was seen running up behind the victim in Maiden Street, rugby tackling him to the ground and punching him.
Darch, of Ranelagh Road, Weymouth, was then seen running towards the pair and kicking the victim in the head.
Walden, of Littlemoor Road, Weymouth, then repeatedly rained down punches on the victim, who lost consciousness during the attack.
Prosecutor Anita Gibson-Lee told the court that the victim had missed out on officer training with the Territorial Army as a result of the incident.
She said he is now ‘looking over his shoulder at all times’, has lost work and has undergone surgery to treat his ‘serious’ facial injuries.
In mitigation, Mark Ruffell and Megan Topliss said the defendants were ‘very remorseful’ for their actions.
Mr Ruffell said there was a ‘lack of pre-meditation’ and the attack was ‘clearly spontaneous’ and fuelled by drink.
Darch has appeared in court on 12 occasions covering 19 offences.
Walden has appeared in court on three occasions covering three offences, the court heard.
Both were in breach of conditional discharges when they committed the attack.
Darch was also in breach of an anti-social behaviour order which added a further two months to his sentence.
Judge Roger Jarvis told the pair: “One of the authors of the pre-sentence report describes this incident as a ‘drink-fuelled act of mindless violence’ and that it seems to me, is a very appropriate description of what it is that occurred.”
He added: “I do believe at long last each of you has come to appreciate how the over-consumption of alcohol has contributed to you behaving in the way that you did.
“Both of you need urgently to address the dependence, the reliance, the uplift that you got from alcohol in times gone past.
“I do truly believe that although you both have to answer for a very serious offence, you are both remorseful.”
Speaking after the conviction, DC James Mullen of Weymouth CID said: “This was a very vicious and sustained attack on the 21 year-old victim whilst he lay defenceless on the ground.
“I would like to thank the members of the public who came to the victim’s aid and the bravery shown by the victim himself.
“This was an isolated incident and members of the public should be assured that Dorset Police is committed to keeping the people of Dorset safe and bringing offenders to justice.”