Two men sentenced after attack on Good Samaritan

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Two men who took part in an attack on a Good Samaritan in Swindon have been sentenced to a total of six years in prison. 

Today at Swindon Crown Court (22/10), Liam Phillips, aged 20, originally from Swindon and now living in Bristol was jailed for three years and eight months after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to affray by using a Taser. 

Mathew Brown, aged 33, from Ermin Street, Swindon was jailed for two years and four months after also pleading guilty at an earlier hearing at Swindon Crown Court to affray whereby a Taser was used.  He also admitted to possession of an offensive weapon - namely an axe.  Unrelated offences of handling stolen goods and possessing drugs with intent to supply were taken in to account too (see more detail below). 

On the afternoon of Friday 22 June 2018 on the Meadowcroft playing fields, Stratton St Margaret, Swindon, the male victim - a 32-year-old man - was walking through the park when he noticed a child being harassed by a group of young men.  He intervened in an effort to get the group to leave the youngster alone but while doing so the group turned on him. 

As he started to run away he was chased by the group who then seriously assaulted him, firing a Taser to his head which knocked him unconscious.  The group then took it in turns to kick and punch his body and head, with one deliberately stamping on his head as he lay motionless on the ground before making off.  Although the victim had to be treated in hospital for head injuries at the time, these were not life changing. 

Both Phillips and Brown were arrested in relation to this incident later that evening. 

At an earlier hearing at the end of last year, two boys - a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old - were sentenced after pleading guilty to affray. 

Today's total sentencing also took in to account further unrelated offences by both men. Brown pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and possessing cannabis with intent to supply following a burglary in Swindon in January 2018.

Phillips also admitted to possession with intent to supply cannabis after drugs were found by officers at an address following the same burglary.   He also admitted dangerous driving following a separate incident involving a motorcycle in the town in August this year.  In addition to his jail sentence he was banned from driving for three years once released from prison.  He also has to pay a victim surcharge.  

Following today's hearing Det Con Clare Sylvester-Wyness, from Swindon CID, who led the investigation, said: "We welcome today's result as at last these two men have been put behind bars for some time. 
"These two were part of the group which viciously attack an innocent man who was just trying to help a child from being picked on. 
"They were cowardly in their actions - seriously assaulting him after he lay unconscious on the ground. 
"I also want to thank the members of the public who witnessed the assaults in this very public and busy place due to the summer weather and its location, and who supported us in this investigation. 
"Although today's result cannot undo the injuries and pain caused by these men, I hope it can allow our victim and his family some closure in what has been a difficult and long two years during the duration of this case. " 

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