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Thugs branded victims with knives
Thursday 1 September 2011|
Two men were drugged, beaten, branded with hot knives and left for dead after they were set upon by two drug-fuelled thugs in Wakefield, a court has heard.
Stephen Quaid, 35, and Brian Nevins, 25, had the word "Wakey" branded on to their backs with the knives, while Quaid was filmed on a mobile phone having his hair and stomach set alight by one of the thugs as he lay slumped unconscious on the floor, Leeds Crown Court heard.
The pair had been enjoying a night out in Leeds in January this year when they were persuaded to go back to a flat in Wakefield, where they were drugged and set upon.
Jamie Newington, 29, was jailed for 10 years and one month on Friday while Steven Shevill, 32, was jailed for 11 years. Judge Peter Collier, QC, described the attack as "gratuitous degradation".
Quaid, who is from Coventry, suffered burnt hair around his fringe and reddening to his forehead, a fracture to his left eye socket, fractures to his ribs and leakage of spinal fluid from his nose. Nevins, an American, suffered bruising to his head and body and bruising to his right lung.
The pair had full-thickness burns after hot knives, heated to at least 70 degrees centigrade, were applied to their backs resulting in permanent scarring, with the word "Wakey" inscribed 4-5 inches high across their backs.
The pair were taken from the flat and dumped at a bus stop where a member of the public spotted them and called the emergency services. They later recovered from their injuries but were left with deep physical and emotional scars.
Newington, of Doncaster Road, Wakefield, admitted two counts of causing GBH with intent and a string of drug offences. Shevill, of Millfield Road, Horbury, Wakefield, also admitted two counts of causing GBH with intent, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and drugs offences.
The court was told there were three other people at the flat who were involved in moving the victims out of the property and covering up the evidence. Daniel Butler, 27, of Foxglove Folly, Alverthorpe, Wakefield, who helped move the victims in his car, was jailed for 13 months after admitting conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Matthew Pape, 26, of Grove Rise, Pontefract, was jailed for 14 months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Natalie Rhodes, 21, received a 12 month sentence suspended for two years after admitting assisting an offender and drugs offences
These were the kinds of savages they used to send to Australia and the Americas!