Two jailed over baseball attack on suspected motorbike thief

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TWO thugs who attacked a man with a baseball bat have been jailed.

Jason King, 22, and a 17-year-old youth beat up Craig Murrell, of Locks Heath, because they thought he had stolen the teenager’s motorbike.

The pair had gone looking for him, along with their friend, Richard Thompson, 22.

When the gang spotted Mr Murrell at the Esso Garage in Park Gate they chased him. King caught up with him first and began to punch the 19-year-old before the youth joined in with a bat, hitting him all over his body.

The three then ran off after the attack in June last year and were arrested later.

King, of Seagarth Lane, Shirley and the 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, both pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.

King was jailed for 26 weeks while the youth was sent to a young offenders’ institute for six months.

Thompson, of Portal Road, Southampton, pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was given a community order at a previous hearing.

Mr Murrell was arrested over the theft of the motorbike but the charge was dropped after the witnesses failed to turn up at court for the trial.

Sentencing at Portsmouth Crown Court, Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘This was a sustained assault on another young man.’