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Thugs jailed for bottle attack on Portsmouth student

Bruno Jeffery from Southsea talks to the News about being attacked by two teenagers which left him with severe injuries to his face and neck.
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Bruno Jeffery from Southsea talks to the News about being attacked by two teenagers which left him with severe injuries to his face and neck. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14862-5) PPP-140324-165508003

A STUDENT needed more than 60 stitches after a 17-year-old boy slashed him across the neck with a broken bottle.

Bruno Jeffery, 22, has told how a night out celebrating a friend’s birthday turned to terror when he and friend Josh Longhurst, 21, who was visiting, were set upon just yards from his home.

Now attackers Daryl Spicer, 20, and the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been jailed for the brutal attacks.

Mr Jeffery and Mr Longhurst were among six victims of the pair that night.

University of Portsmouth sports science student Mr Jeffery, of St Andrew’s Road, Southsea, said of the attack, which happened in Baileys Road: ‘They said something like “have you boys had a good night?” or something, I think just to get our attention.

‘We turned round and next thing they hit my friend Josh and the other one hit me. Josh had two teeth knocked out.

‘I remember him (the younger attacker) coming at me with a broken bottle, and me backing away. I don’t remember much else.’

Mr Jeffery spent three days in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, where he received more than 60 stitches.

He said: ‘I had two teeth knocked out as well. They stitched up my tongue and my chin. They had to do across my neck in the morning, I think because it was so deep. They had to stitch inside and outside. My first night back at home I just remember being in agony because my tongue was still swollen. It was hard to breathe.

‘It was pretty horrible, especially as it wasn’t just us, it was other people.’

Spicer and the teenager had assaulted three other students in Fawcett Road, Southsea, earlier that night. They also needed hospital treatment.

After the second attack, the pair went to The Foyer, which helps homeless young people, where the 17-year-old swapped his bloodstained clothes with a resident.

They went back out and approached their sixth victim of the night. The teenager stole his mobile phone.

The attackers were arrested in Railway View at 3am on October 13.

Spicer admitted three counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm one of unlawful wounding and one of theft. He was sentenced to four years in a young offenders’ institution and told to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

The other defendant admitted three counts of ABH, one of theft and one of wounding with intent. He was given a four-year detention order and told to pay a £20 victim surcharge.

 
 
 

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