Three admit affray after man seriously injured in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 15:14 06 November 2017

Exeter Crown Court.

Exeter Crown Court.

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A group of three people have admitted taking part in an attack on a drunken man which left him with serious injuries.

Mary Mernagh, Kevin Rogers, and Blake Longbottom all played different parts in an incident in Exmouth in which the victim was hit by a bottle and kicked while on the ground.

Mernagh, aged 48, of Liverton Close, Rogers, aged 38, of Roseway, and Longbottom, aged 24, of Nelson Drive, all admitted affray when they appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

They entered their pleas after the prosecution dropped more serious charges of assault causing grievous bodily harm on the first day of what had been scheduled to be their trial.

All the offences took place on the Midway estate in Exmouth, where all three live, on the night of November 9 last year.

Judge Graham Cottle adjourned their sentences until next month and ordered probation pre-sentence reports.

He gave them bail but told them: “This was a serious incident in which someone was seriously injured and the granting of bail is no indication of sentence. It does not mean you will not receive custodial sentences.”

Mary McCarthy, prosecuting, said the decision to drop the more serious charge had been taken after examining the evidence.

She said: “There was an injury caused by a bottle but one witness names one defendant and other witnesses identify others.

“The affray took place in Summer Close and they all took part and all used their feet. Mernagh has accepted kicking the victim as well as kicking his sister.

“Rogers says he went to stamp on him but did not connect. Longbottom says he punched the victim repeatedly in Nelson Drive and his feet made contact with him when he was on the floor.

“The victim was himself said to be very drunk and to have behaved in a way which caused the occupier of a flat to want him to be ejected. In all circumstances, these pleas are acceptable.”

Peter Coombe, for Mernagh, said she has no previous convictions and is the main carer for her elderly mother. She is herself vulnerable and has a background of depression.

William Parkhill, for Longbottom, and Joss Ticehurst, for Rogers, both asked for probation reports.

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