Victim suffered serious burns in 'foolish' prank

Dorset Echo: JAILED: Saxon Axe JAILED: Saxon Axe

A MAN who sprayed a friend with sun tan lotion and set fire to it has been jailed for ten months.

Saxon Bryher Axe, 20, appeared at Dorchester Crown Court after admitting an offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm in relation to an incident that left his victim with serious burns.

The court was told that Axe and friends were on Weymouth seafront near the King’s Statue on June 19 when he began to spray his victim’s exposed lower right leg with a sun cream aerosol.

Prosecutor Heather Shimmen said: “The defendant then held a lit cigarette to the victim’s leg and it engulfed his leg in flames.

“The victim tried to extinguish the flames as did a friend, but to no avail.”

She said the defendant also tried to assist before carrying the victim on to the beach, where he poured water over his leg. The victim was taken to hospital and treated for a burn to his leg.

John Dyer, mitigating, said that Axe’s life had ‘spiralled downwards’ since the death of his father prior to the offence and he was ‘full of remorse’ for his behaviour that his left his victim – who had been a friend for several years – with a serious injury.

He called Axe’s mother Dawn to give evidence and she told the court that the death of her husband had been ‘very traumatic for the whole family’.

She added: “It was very hard on him.”

Mr Dyer said the offence itself was an act of foolishness and was not in any way premeditated or malicious.

He said: “There is no malice and no motive, it was just an absolute foolish prank that went wrong.”

Mr Dyer added: “It was a completely thoughtless act which has resulted in very serious consequences.”

Judge Roger Jarvis said that the evidence before the court was that the victim would need a skin graft to avoid permanent disfigurement.

He told the defendant: “There were you with a number of others fooling around and then as part of that you sprayed this victim with sun tan lotion and set fire to it.

“It is patently obvious that was a foolish and dangerous thing to do and wickedly thoughtless so far as you are concerned with some very serious consequences for your victim.” Judge Jarvis sentenced Axe, of Canberra Road, Weymouth, to 10 months in custody.

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10:02am Fri 6 Dec 13

zxy987 says...

When does stupidity stop being stupidity and start being malicious. Plenty of us lose loved ones, it doesnt send us off the rails. What on earth is happening to young men in this country? Theyve got too much times in their hands and not enough to do and no sense of responsibility. Completely selfish most of them. A world icon has died today, Nelson Mandela, he should serve as an inspiration to young people today. With stories like this it makes me ashamed to be British, young men his age were dying in both World Wars serving their country and we have to read story after story about young thugs in this country destroying peoples lives.
Giv e me apolitical party that sorts out the p roblem of youth today in this country and I'll vote for them, sweet F A has been done since the 60's.
When does stupidity stop being stupidity and start being malicious. Plenty of us lose loved ones, it doesnt send us off the rails. What on earth is happening to young men in this country? Theyve got too much times in their hands and not enough to do and no sense of responsibility. Completely selfish most of them. A world icon has died today, Nelson Mandela, he should serve as an inspiration to young people today. With stories like this it makes me ashamed to be British, young men his age were dying in both World Wars serving their country and we have to read story after story about young thugs in this country destroying peoples lives. Giv e me apolitical party that sorts out the p roblem of youth today in this country and I'll vote for them, sweet F A has been done since the 60's. zxy987

10:46am Fri 6 Dec 13

Hippyhooker says...

zxy987 wrote:
When does stupidity stop being stupidity and start being malicious. Plenty of us lose loved ones, it doesnt send us off the rails. What on earth is happening to young men in this country? Theyve got too much times in their hands and not enough to do and no sense of responsibility. Completely selfish most of them. A world icon has died today, Nelson Mandela, he should serve as an inspiration to young people today. With stories like this it makes me ashamed to be British, young men his age were dying in both World Wars serving their country and we have to read story after story about young thugs in this country destroying peoples lives.
Giv e me apolitical party that sorts out the p roblem of youth today in this country and I'll vote for them, sweet F A has been done since the 60's.
And there you have it, the voice of stupidity...So a man who killed hundreds was an icon and should be an inspiration, whilst a young man who was innocently messing about and a prank went wrong is a thug. God help us all.
[quote][p][bold]zxy987[/bold] wrote: When does stupidity stop being stupidity and start being malicious. Plenty of us lose loved ones, it doesnt send us off the rails. What on earth is happening to young men in this country? Theyve got too much times in their hands and not enough to do and no sense of responsibility. Completely selfish most of them. A world icon has died today, Nelson Mandela, he should serve as an inspiration to young people today. With stories like this it makes me ashamed to be British, young men his age were dying in both World Wars serving their country and we have to read story after story about young thugs in this country destroying peoples lives. Giv e me apolitical party that sorts out the p roblem of youth today in this country and I'll vote for them, sweet F A has been done since the 60's.[/p][/quote]And there you have it, the voice of stupidity...So a man who killed hundreds was an icon and should be an inspiration, whilst a young man who was innocently messing about and a prank went wrong is a thug. God help us all. Hippyhooker

11:41am Fri 6 Dec 13

PEJ says...

Oh dear I seriously believe the world has gone mad. Do none of us remember when we where young and did stupid things with no fear of the consequences. Back then we would have received a good telling off from the police with a possible caution and taken home to our parents who would dish out even further punishments. And yes even the dreaded word in today's society a smack. We grew up with intelligence and well grounded young individuals. I do not know of this young boys background and yes it was stupid thing to do but one wonders whether the years gone by punishment would have been more appropriate. Oh for those days again.
Oh dear I seriously believe the world has gone mad. Do none of us remember when we where young and did stupid things with no fear of the consequences. Back then we would have received a good telling off from the police with a possible caution and taken home to our parents who would dish out even further punishments. And yes even the dreaded word in today's society a smack. We grew up with intelligence and well grounded young individuals. I do not know of this young boys background and yes it was stupid thing to do but one wonders whether the years gone by punishment would have been more appropriate. Oh for those days again. PEJ

12:10pm Fri 6 Dec 13

wowfood says...

Sounds to me he probably expected it to burn the same way deoderant tdoes, big bright flames that do no damage (aside from shock) and go out with a quick waft. There were a lot of folks I went to school with who did the deo on the hand thing and none of them got injured. It's just a case of he chose the wrong chemical to set fire to.

I'd like to see some testimony from the guy he set fire to.
Sounds to me he probably expected it to burn the same way deoderant tdoes, big bright flames that do no damage (aside from shock) and go out with a quick waft. There were a lot of folks I went to school with who did the deo on the hand thing and none of them got injured. It's just a case of he chose the wrong chemical to set fire to. I'd like to see some testimony from the guy he set fire to. wowfood

12:22pm Fri 6 Dec 13

bionic-bunny says...

zxy987
WHERE YOU THERE????
YOUR ATTITUDE IS BLOODY HORRIBLE!!
people like you need to keep your nose well out of things like this, if people like you were in control of this country it would be a shame!
Get your facts rite before you start tapping your little fingers.
Clearly you are just a lonely soul who has no concern for things that are
going wrong in this country and focusing on the smaller things, YES someone was burned, YES this could have been avoided, but this is clearly just some young lads having a laugh and it went wrong, it may not be a laugh now but we learn from mistakes, do we not? This was not a crime that deserved this young man going to prison for, we do not have enough spaces In prisons in this country to be putting people in there left right and centre. This was an accident! and this young man was burned (this is clear) and he (SAXON AXE) does not deserve to be made out as this criminal as you and papers are making him out to be. Are you telling me you never made mistakes while young? well if you believe you have not then I can tell you that you have just made one by judging this young man without even a second glance at the full picture... you are letting down this country by not having some hope that the youngsters of today can do well to make this country proud, assuming someone was a criminal for a prank that went wrong is not the way to do this...
zxy987 WHERE YOU THERE???? YOUR ATTITUDE IS BLOODY HORRIBLE!! people like you need to keep your nose well out of things like this, if people like you were in control of this country it would be a shame! Get your facts rite before you start tapping your little fingers. Clearly you are just a lonely soul who has no concern for things that are going wrong in this country and focusing on the smaller things, YES someone was burned, YES this could have been avoided, but this is clearly just some young lads having a laugh and it went wrong, it may not be a laugh now but we learn from mistakes, do we not? This was not a crime that deserved this young man going to prison for, we do not have enough spaces In prisons in this country to be putting people in there left right and centre. This was an accident! and this young man was burned (this is clear) and he (SAXON AXE) does not deserve to be made out as this criminal as you and papers are making him out to be. Are you telling me you never made mistakes while young? well if you believe you have not then I can tell you that you have just made one by judging this young man without even a second glance at the full picture... you are letting down this country by not having some hope that the youngsters of today can do well to make this country proud, assuming someone was a criminal for a prank that went wrong is not the way to do this... bionic-bunny

1:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

shy talk says...

Without knowing the full circumstances of the case. Ten months imprisonment seems harsh for a prank that went wrong. Perhaps a twelve months conditional discharge or more might have been more appropriate.
Without knowing the full circumstances of the case. Ten months imprisonment seems harsh for a prank that went wrong. Perhaps a twelve months conditional discharge or more might have been more appropriate. shy talk

2:40pm Fri 6 Dec 13

mrs m ward says...

seems a very harsh sentence, is there more to it than this. What he did was
stupid, possibly through ignorance more than anything else.
seems a very harsh sentence, is there more to it than this. What he did was stupid, possibly through ignorance more than anything else. mrs m ward

3:15pm Fri 6 Dec 13

toyota777 says...

Since when did Mandella not have blood on his hands.
Since when did Mandella not have blood on his hands. toyota777

10:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

blobby96 says...

we are talking weymouth not bloody south africa!!!! get ovr it mandella is dead and nothing to do with the weymouth echo or stories.
we are talking weymouth not bloody south africa!!!! get ovr it mandella is dead and nothing to do with the weymouth echo or stories. blobby96

12:53am Sat 7 Dec 13

Mark Golsby says...

Seems damned harsh to me. I know Saxon through football, he always struck me a pleasant enough kid, he messed up big style, but 10 months??

As for zxy987, the site you are looking for is dailymail.com or something like that.
Seems damned harsh to me. I know Saxon through football, he always struck me a pleasant enough kid, he messed up big style, but 10 months?? As for zxy987, the site you are looking for is dailymail.com or something like that. Mark Golsby

10:30am Sun 8 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

Indeed, this does sound like a stupid prank gone wrong.
I expect the copper who decided to taser a guy who had soaked himself in petrol, thus condemning him to a horrific death, in April this year, must be quaking in fear at the sentence he will receive!!!!
Indeed, this does sound like a stupid prank gone wrong. I expect the copper who decided to taser a guy who had soaked himself in petrol, thus condemning him to a horrific death, in April this year, must be quaking in fear at the sentence he will receive!!!! JamesYoung

12:55pm Sun 8 Dec 13

monkeydog says...

A quite stupid thing to do but a prison term is absurd. A period of service in or around a hospital would have been more useful.
A quite stupid thing to do but a prison term is absurd. A period of service in or around a hospital would have been more useful. monkeydog

12:28pm Mon 9 Dec 13

JackJohnson says...

monkeydog wrote:
A quite stupid thing to do but a prison term is absurd. A period of service in or around a hospital would have been more useful.
I wonder if the victims of crime/stupidity should choose the sentence from a range of options? I wonder what the victim of this moron would have chosen.
[quote][p][bold]monkeydog[/bold] wrote: A quite stupid thing to do but a prison term is absurd. A period of service in or around a hospital would have been more useful.[/p][/quote]I wonder if the victims of crime/stupidity should choose the sentence from a range of options? I wonder what the victim of this moron would have chosen. JackJohnson

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