A gang of men “came tooled up” to carry out what a judge called a “retribution attack” on Derbyshire doorman.
Derby Crown Court heard how despite being charged with conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent a hearing in June concluded there was no realistic prospect of him being convicted so the charges were dismissed.
But two other men who were part of the gang, Dominic Wright and Garry Cooper, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of conspiracy to commit actual bodily harm.
However Judge Shaun Smith QC, who sentenced both men, criticised how it has taken almost three years to bring the case to conclusion.
He said: “You got yourselves involved in a retribution attack in which you got tooled up.
“But this case was left to rot for more than two years and Mr Wright has been in prison serving the equivalent of a four-and-half-year sentence having been recalled on licence for a separate offence.
“Mr Cooper this delay is not your fault and both of you have been pestering and pestering and pestering the police during this time to find out what is going to happen.”
Jonathan Straw, prosecuting, said the offence took place outsdoe the King Street pub on December 2, 2016.
He said some of the group had been inside earlier that day where there had been a confrontation with the victim who he said worked as a club doorman.
Mr Straw said: “This was not a spontaneous event.
“As a consequence of a previous episode there had been some ill-feeling towards him (the victim).
‘Tooled themselves up’
“The men left and went to Eastwood where seven men tooled themselves up and returned to the Belper area to put the fear of God into him and no doubt give him a good hiding.”
Mr Straw said Wright, 30, of HMP Nottingham and Cooper, 32, of Bramble Close, Basford, Nottingham, went back inside the Green House and “lured” the victim out on to the street where a third man attacked him and a separate victim with the machete.
The extent of any injuries he suffered was not revealed in court.
Mr Straw said: “I make it clear that the fact that some people had weapons with them was well-known to all but there is no evidence these two defendants used anything during the incident.”
Judge Smith handed Wright eight months immediate custody and Cooper eight months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to carry out 140 hours unpaid work.
Simon Eckersley, for Wright, said his client was initially arrested shortly after the gang attack but the police “chose not to charge him despite being chased and chased and chased” by the defendant while he was in custody.
And Adrian Reynolds, for Cooper, said his client was the sole carer for the defendant’s elderly mother and it would be “unjust” after such a long wait not to suspend his prison term.
Source – Derby Telegraph