Man who left shopper with serious injuries jailed

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A man has been jailed for 40 months after leaving a shopper with serious injuries after he challenged three youths over a shoplifting offence in Southend.

Jordan Horner, 19, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday, June 4, for grievous bodily harm. He also received a four month concurrent sentence for actual bodily harm.
Liam Spearman, 18, of West Road, Shoebury, received 18 months suspended for two years for affray and three months suspended for theft. He was ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work and 60 days rehabilitation activity requirement.
They will both pay a victim surcharge and the victim will receive a High Sheriff Award cash reward for his actions.
On Sunday, March 5, 2017, the victim and his girlfriend had been out for the night when they stopped at Sainsbury’s in Southchurch Road at around 10.20pm.
As the victim was walking into the shop, he overheard Horner, Spearman and an unidentified third person talking about stealing from the shop.
Members of staff were alerted as Spearman picked up a case of beer and put it under his jacket.
He was stopped by three members of staff while the victim was outside with Horner and the other suspect.
Horner then went on to assault the victim, knocking him to the ground and kicking him on the floor.
Shortly afterwards Horner assaulted a member of staff, punching him in the face a number of times.
They all ran off and Spearman was arrested that night. One of our Special Constables arrested Horner on April 27, 2017.
The victim was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, a bleed on the brain, a fractured eye socket and bruising and cuts to his body and head.
The member of staff who was attacked suffered swelling to his nose and bruises to his face.
Investigating officer PC Neil Utley, of Southend CID, said: “The victim had been out for the night when he overheard three teenagers planning their crime.
“He told shop workers and waited as Spearman attempted to steal alcohol. Horner then, without warning, carried out a violent attack on the man, repeatedly kicking him while he was laying on the floor.
“Horner, Spearman and a third youth continued to remain in the area before a shop worker was also assaulted.
“I would like to praise the victims for their bravery. One of the men suffered serious injuries, including a bleed to the brain, and he has showed courage to try and overcome both emotional and physical trauma.
“I hope this outcome and the court reward offers some form of justice.
“Additionally, I need your help in identifying the third suspect. Horner and Spearmanwere juveniles when they carried out their attack but have been sentenced as men in court and can now be identified.
“If you have any information, please call me on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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