Jail for Havant man who tortured victim with a hot iron

LOCKED UP Darren Harrison
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A THUG who tortured a man with a hot iron to get his bank PIN number has been jailed for 12 years.

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

A court heard that the pair had been drinking heavily, along with the owner of the flat, Graham Foster-Middleton

Unemployed Harrison locked the door, took Mr Voinea’s wallet and tortured him, demanding his bank details.

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

The 38-year-old suffered severe burns to his chest, arms, stomach and legs and a stab wound to his right leg.

Detective Constable Jamie Fagan, who carried out the investigation, said: ‘It was an horrific attack and I’m pleased that justice has been served and a violent person is now behind bars.

‘Even the paramedic who went to the scene said it was horrendous and he does that job day-in, day-out. It’s affected Mr Voinea and had an impact on his trust in people; he is a lot more cautious now.

‘He is on the mend but he will always be physically scarred. He wants to move on with his life.’

Harrison denied the attack, which took place in May last year, claiming he was not even in the flat at the time.

But after a trial in January it took a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court under an hour to find the 42-year-old, of Billy Lawn Avenue, Leigh Park, guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery and false imprisonment.

Jailing Harrison Recorder Nicholas Haggan QC said Mr Voinea had considered him a friend.

During the trial Mr Voinea, originally from Romania, who now lives in Waterlooville, said he was shouting ‘please don’t do this’ as Harrison carried out the attack.

He was found, covered in blood and crying, by Simon Gregory, of Bedhampton Way.

Mr Gregory, who was heading for a day out with his family on Hayling Island, stayed with Mr Voinea until the ambulance arrived.

Paramedics took him to Queen Alexandra Hospital and he was transferred to Salisbury Burns Unit for further treatment.

Det Con Fagan said: ‘We have had many members of the public coming forward with information to assist our investigation, and I am very grateful for that.’

Foster-Middleton, 46, of Chidham Walk, Havant, is accused of helping in the assault but the jury was told he was to ill to stand trial. His case is due in court later this year to check on his health.