Exmouth men warned they face jail for late-night affray in Sidmouth that left two injured

PUBLISHED: 14:07 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 19 May 2017

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court

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‘Verbal exchange led to significant violence,’ court hears

A pair of street attackers have been warned they face jail after they admitted taking part in an incident which left two people injured.

Joshua Hempstead and Rory McGrane, who both have previous convictions for violence, punched and kicked victims Stephen Johnston and Philip Fellow during the affray in Sidmouth.

Hempstead, aged 23, of Green Close, Exmouth; and McGrane, aged 22, of Louisa Place, Exmouth; both admitted affray when they appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

Further charges against both of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Johnston, and against McGrane of causing actual bodily harm to Mr Fellow, were not proceeded with.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned their sentence until next week for probation reports, but warned them they must expect immediate jail sentences.

He said: “This was late-night drunken street violence in Sidmouth. They must both expect a prison sentence. They both have very bad records.”

Mr William Parkhill, prosecuting, said: “There was a verbal exchange which led to significant violence. There are photographs of the injuries. Punches and kicks were delivered while the victim was on the ground.

“I hope to have up-to-date medical information on the injuries and victim impact statements at the sentencing hearing.”

Miss Emily Cook, defending, said the offence passed the custody threshhold, but she would be seeking to argue that any sentence be suspended.

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