Havant man guilty of attack with iron

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A MAN has been found guilty of torturing someone with a hot iron to get his PIN number.

Darren Harrison burnt and stabbed Eugen Voinea, 38, at the flat where he was staying in Chidham Walk, Havant.

The pair had been drinking heavily, along with the owner of the flat, Graham Foster-Middleton

Harrison locked the door, took Mr Voinea’s wallet and tortured him, demanding his pin number.

Mr Voinea was found collapsed in Bedhampton Way, Havant, after Harrison sent him out to buy beer.

He suffered severe burns to his chest, arms, stomach and legs and a stab wound to his right leg.

The 42-year-old denied being responsible for the assault and, despite being arrested at the scene, told police he hadn’t been there. But when it came to his defence in court Harrison declined to give his version of events at Portsmouth Crown Court. His barrister Barry McElduff offered no evidence in his defence.

It took the four men and eight women of the jury an hour to find Harrison of Billy Lawn Avenue, Leigh Park, guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery and false imprisonment.

Foster-Middleton, 46, of Chidham Walk, Havant, is accused of helping in the assault in May last year but the jury was told he was to ill to stand trial.

Harrison was remanded in custody to be sentenced in March.