Pair accused of being part of mob in Southsea street attack

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TWO men were part of a mob who attacked a man in the street then bundled him into the boot of a car, a court heard.

John Sargeant and Stuart Hunt are alleged to have gone looking for 19-year-old Joshua Pryor with at least four others.

They are accused of punching, kicking and hitting the now 20-year-old, of Coburg Street, Landport, Portsmouth, with a pool cue as shocked residents looked on. He was then allegedly carried towards a small car and put in the boot.

However he told the men they ‘had the wrong person’ and managed to flee the scene – heading towards Fratton Way in Fratton where staff in a Subway sandwich shop called police.

Fern Russell, prosecuting, told the jury: ‘This was a planned and targeted attack, the prosecution say.’

Giving evidence at Portsmouth Crown Court, Pryor told the jury he received an anonymous call on his mobile from a man threatening to ‘kick his head in’ shortly before the attack happened on the evening of March 7.

He was in Bramshott Road, Southsea, when he was attacked by the gang, he said.

‘The next thing I know I’m having things whacked behind my head,’ he said.

‘I went down and then I just felt people hitting my face, stamping on my head and the next thing I know I am being carried towards a small car.

‘They put me in the boot.’

He said he managed to get away from the gang by telling them they had the wrong person.

‘They looked baffled so I pulled myself out quickly,’ he said.

He then ran to the Subway shop.

Asked by Miss Russell how he felt at that stage he said: ‘Scared, angry at the fact they didn’t ask me what was going on, confused and in pain.’

He was left with bruises to his face and arm and a swollen right hand.

Sergeant, 46, from Reginald Road, Southsea, has pleaded guilty to a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.

However he denies one count of attempted kidnap.

Hunt, 47, from Montgomery Road, Southsea, denies one count of assault causing actual bodily harm.

He also denies a charge of attempted kidnap.

The trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

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