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

Archant

‘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.

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

A judge has questioned why it has taken more than two years to prosecute a charity volunteer who was found with child abuse images on his computer.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

A traffic order banning campervans and motorhomes from parking overnight on part of Exmouth seafront has been approved.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:27

Exmouth’s recycling centre has been evacuated after a chemical was dumped on the site this afternoon.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

An Exmouth Slimming World consultant who completed the London Marathon said it was a case of ‘mind over legs’.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:44

Police are saying that there is heavy traffic after a two-vehicle incident blocked the B3178 near East Budleigh this morning (Wednesday, April 25).

Read more
Yesterday, 07:14

Firefighters from three towns attended the incident at Douglas Avenue

Read more
Tue, 11:03

Time is running out to vote for a cause you would like to see benefit from funding raised at Exmouth Kite Festival.

Read more
Mon, 17:00

Project leaders behind an ambitious multi-million-pound realignment of the River Otter have expressed their disappointment at a failed funding bid.

Read more
Mon, 07:00

Acknowledging ‘amazing’ local business achievements underpins the annual Exmouth Business Awards according to one of this year’s sponsors.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications