16th Jul, 2019

Pair jailed after attacking Warwick bricklayer

A BRICKLAYER from Warwick was off work for eight weeks after he fell and broke his wrist when he was subjected to an unprovoked attack on his way home from a party with his wife.

And at Warwick Crown Court his two attackers, 23-year-old Tobie Arundell and 40-year-old Samuel Biggs were both jailed for 12 months after a judge rejected an argument that the sentences could be suspended.

Arundell, of Raynsford Walk, Warwick, and Biggs, of Hockley Lane, Eastern Green, Coventry, had pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on the 55-year-old bricklayer.

Prosecutor Scott Coughtrie said in June last year the victim and his wife had been to a club in Warwick for a friend’s 60th birthday celebration.

As they were walking home along Millers Road at about 11.30pm, they came across another woman they knew – and the victim carried on walking while his wife stopped to talk to her.

At the junction with Wedgnock Green, he saw a group of men and could smell burning, so went over to speak to them and was told everything was OK.

He then became aware of someone running towards him, joined by a second man, and as they approached him, he pushed them away.

The victim was knocked to the floor, fracturing his wrist as he put his arm out to break his fall, and he was then hit to the head and body as he lay on the ground.

After the attack he was able to get his feet and, covered in blood, made his way to the Warwick Hospital half a mile away, where he had to undergo surgery on his wrist, as a result of which he was off work for eight weeks.

Although he could not describe his attackers, someone who had seen the incident called the police and was able to name both Arundell and Biggs.

When the two men were arrested, Arundell said he had been at a party earlier on, and claimed it was the victim who had approached him aggressively, and that he had defended himself.

Biggs, who was living in the area at the time, said he had had a friend round, and they had been drinking and smoked some cannabis, after which he claimed he had gone to bed and the next thing he recalled was being woken by the police.

Mr Coughtrie added that at the time Arundell was subject to a community order for common assault and also had a previous conviction for battery, while Biggs had convictions for fraud and causing damage.

Delroy Henry, for Arundell, conceded “It was absolutely disgraceful behaviour, and “he is thoroughly ashamed”, while Ramya Nagesh, for Biggs, said his “appalling behaviour” on that night was out of character.

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