JAIL terms handed to two robbers show the tough stance the justice system takes against acts of violence, detectives have said.
Two rough sleepers were each sentenced to 40 months in jail after viciously assaulting a 39-year-old man and stealing his mobile phone.
Jamie Bryanton, 27, and Wayne Wennington, 43, of no fixed abode, admitted robbery at Chichester Crown Court.
The court heard that in the early hours of November 22 the victim, a homeless man, went to the underground car park in Chapel Street in Chichester where the two men were sleeping rough.
He asked to join them and an argument escalated with the victim being attacked.
Detective Constable David Midgley, from Sussex police, said: ‘The victim suffered some nasty injuries – cuts, bruising and he lost a tooth – but thanks to his quick actions in reporting this, officers were able to make arrests and search and find the stolen phone. The sentence reflects the tough stance the justice system takes towards such acts of violence.’