Drunken yobs jailed for 'vicious' attack outside Hanley casino
THUGS Christopher Need and Nathan Rowlands have been locked up for a 'vicious' street attack which left a man with a fractured skull.
The pair had been out all night when they set upon a group of friends as they left a Hanley casino at 6am.
The fight left three victims with serious injuries, and one was in hospital for more than two weeks.
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Need, aged 24, and 22-year-old Rowlands, were waiting for a taxi outside the Circus Casino, in Trinity Street, when they saw a group of men who had also been at the venue.
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An argument started but the defendants – along with another man – got into a cab to go home.
But Need then told the taxi driver to turn around and go back to the group, even taking the wheel in an attempt to hit them. Need and Rowlands then got out of the cab and attacked victims Adam Brazier, Simon Williams and Paul Maddock.
Prosecutor David Bennett said: "Mr Williams was punched and kicked on the floor. Mr Brazier was kicked and punched on the floor, leaving him with bruises and cuts.
"A passer-by saw Mr Maddock, who has no recollection of the events, being kicked in the face while on the floor. He saw teeth and blood leaving Mr Maddock's mouth.
"His injuries included a fractured skull, and bruising and bleeding to the brain."
Mr Maddock was in hospital for 17 days – over the Christmas and New Year period.
Both defendants were arrested nearby a short time after the attack.
They each pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Brazier and Mr Maddock occasioning them actual bodily harm, and causing Mr Maddock grievous bodily harm.
The court heard Rowlands, of Winchester Avenue, Bentilee, was the primary carer for his grandmother, who suffers from dementia, and previously cared for his late grandfather.
Joanne Wallbanks representing Need, of South Walk, Meir, said he had not drunk alcohol since the offence.
Judge David Fletcher jailed both men for 32 months. He said: "It was drunken, violent behaviour at the very top end of the scale."