‘It’s ruined my life,’ says Portsmouth attack victim after thugs jailed

Robert Wilson of Portsmouth. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142671-11)
Robert Wilson of Portsmouth. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (142671-11)
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AN ATTACK victim left with a life-changing injury after being set upon by four men in a brutal assault said of his ordeal: ‘It’s ruined my life.’

Robert Wilson, 28, has had to move out of Portsmouth amid fears for his safety in the wake of the attack.

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He suffered a broken cheekbone, scars to his head and face, had to have a metal plate inserted behind his right eye and may never feel the right side of his face again.

Harry Sharpe, 23, George Claridge, 27, Kenny Deacon, 25, and Jack Sharpe, 27, were jailed for 17 years and three months between them for the attack. (George Claridge, Harry Sharpe and Jack Sharpe are pictured below).

They each admitted grievous bodily harm for their roles in the vicious assault on Mr Wilson outside the Co-op in Sultan Road, Buckland, Portsmouth.

Jack Sharpe was also convicted of possession with intent to supply a class A drug at Portsmouth Crown Court.

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One of the attackers of Robert Wilson pic 2''Harry Sharpe PPP-140915-115218001

Mr Wilson said of the men – who he has known for most of his life: ‘If people can do that to me what can they do to someone else? I don’t really trust people any more.

‘Even the nurse said they didn’t know how I survived. There was blood everywhere.

‘I’ve had to move. I don’t want to be in Portsmouth. It’s made my mum ill. I get anxious.

‘It’s horrendous, you just can’t do that to people. Even if they had come to me and apologised to me I wouldn’t have gone to the police.

‘I’ve just dealt with it myself. It’s ruined my life. It’s going to affect my life forever.’

Mr Wilson was walking with two men when he came across George Claridge, of Astley Street, Southsea, outside the Co-op at about 11.20pm on August 31 last year.

Claridge was with a group of other people. They surrounded him and calls were made to get other people to the scene – then Kenny Deacon, Harry Sharpe and Jack Sharpe arrived.

Mr Wilson said: ‘They all just steamed into me with bottles.

‘I hit the floor. They all jumped on my head, beating me on the head. I felt all kicks in my face and then I was knocked out. While I was knocked out they thieved my trainers.

‘I was stabbed through the face with a glass bottle.

‘I woke up about five hours later in hospital. When I woke up my eyes were swelled shut. I didn’t know what had happened. I thought I was blind. I couldn’t feel my face. I didn’t know whether it was a dream or whether it wasn’t.

‘They said I had been horrifically attacked.

‘My cheekbone was broken and my eye socket had fallen into my cheek.’

Mr Wilson was so badly injured that he had to wait about two-and-a-half months for surgery.

He said: ‘I’ve got a metal plate underneath my eye to hold my eye in place. Part of my face fills up with fluid.

‘I’m just constantly reminded of it every time I wake up. My face feels terrible. I don’t really get chance to forget it.’

Claridge, Harry Sharpe, of Kilmiston Close, Portsmouth, and Kenny Deacon, of Lake Road, Portsmouth – who cannot be pictured for legal reasons – were each sentenced to four years in jail.

Jack Sharpe was jailed for five years and three months.

‘The state the victim was in was one of the worst I’ve seen’

THE detective in charge of investigating the attack on Robert Wilson said of his ordeal: ‘It was horrific.’

Det Con Jacqueline Foley was the officer in the case that led to Harry Sharpe, 23, George Claridge, 27, Kenny Deacon, 25, and Jack Sharpe, 27, being jailed for a total of 17 years and five months between them.

All four men admitted grievous bodily harm for their roles in the vicious assault on Mr Wilson in Sultan Road, Buckland, on August 31 last year.

Jack Sharpe was also convicted of possession with intent to supply a class A drug at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Det Con Foley said: ‘It was horrific. He had a broken eye socket which required surgery, he had a broken nose, lacerations to his head which required stitches, he has permanent scarring on the top of his head and scarring on his face.

‘There was use of glass bottles and stamping on his face. It was horrendous.’

She added: ‘The state the victim was in when officers attended was one of the worst I’ve seen.’