Trio jailed for total of 20 years after ‘savage’ Skegness assault

Three men who carried out a savage Skegness attack leaving their victim unconscious before robbing him of his possessions have been jailed for a total of 20 years at Lincoln Crown Court.

The three lured their victim from his home in Skegness on the pretext of meeting him outside the NatWest Bank on Algitha Road but when he arrived he was subjected to a savage attack.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said the attackers, who had travelled from Boston, asked the victim to go down an alleyway near to the bank and he was given a can of beer.

But then they turned on the man who was knocked unconscious after being struck on the head with an empty vodka bottle.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said the first blow was delivered by David Males, with his friend Christopher Skipworth following up by punching the man eight times. A third man David Sykes also became involved delivering a number of blows when the victim lay on the ground.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said “Skipworth was holding the man down by putting his foot on his neck. Males hit him four times about the chest and back with a pool cue.

““The victim had lost consciousness. When he came round his jewellery, his mobile phone, his wallet and his watch were missing.

“He got up and went to the reception of a nearby solicitors’ office for help and then collapsed.”

The man suffered two broken ribs and serious internal injuries which left him intensive care. He spent 12 days in hospital before he was allowed home.

The court heard that the attackers and their victim had at one time all been living on the streets of Boston but the victim later moved out of the town after suffering bullying.

Christopher Skipworth, 25, of Main Ridge East, Boston, and David Males,24, formerly of Boston but now of no fixed address, each admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and were found guilty by a jury of robbery as a result of the incident on 16 June 2011.They both denied robbery. Skipworth, who admitted a separate offence of possession of a meat cleaver in Boston town centre, was jailed for eight years. Males was jailed for seven years.

David Sykes, 25, of South Parade, South Kyme, admitted both robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for five years.

Judge Michael Heath told them: “This was a planned and brutal punishment beating accompanied by the robbery of the victim. He was a pathetic and vulnerable individual.”

Terry Boston, for Males, claimed the attack was a spur of the moment incident which was not planned.

James Earle, for Skipworth, described what happened as mindless violence. He said the attack lasted just a matter of seconds and was spontaneous.

Andrew Cogan, for Sykes, said he accepted his guilt from the start and has shown clear remorse.