Gang jailed for violent attack on football fan

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Gang jailed for violent attack on football fan

Twelve men have been jailed for a total of more than 42 years following a violent disturbance that left a Cambridge United fan permanently brain damaged.

Around 24 people set upon  Simon Dobbin and his friends in Essex , following a match between Cambridge and Southend United in 2015.

The 45 year old spent a year in hospital and rehabilitation before returning home last year.

But he needs 24-hour care and has been left unable to walk or talk.

Thirteen men stood trial at Basildon Crown Court on June 5 and were convicted last Friday, July 14.

Twelve of them were sentenced today, Monday, July 17:

Thomas Randall, 22, a consumer credit employee, of Seaforth Avenue, Southend, was jailed for five years for violent disorder;

Alexander Woods, 25 of Fairmead Avenue, Westcliff, was jailed for five years and his twin James Woods, of the same address, was jailed for three years, both for violent disorder;

Ryan Carter, 21, unemployed, of no fixed address, was jailed for five years for violent disorder;
Jamie Chambers, 24, a removals operative, of Southchurch Avenue, Southend, was jailed for four years for violent disorder;

Lewis Courtnell, 34, a fence installer, of Stadium Road, Southend, was jailed for three and a half years for violent disorder;

Matthew Petchey, 26, unemployed, formerly of Lascelles Gardens, Rochford, was jailed for three and a half years for violent disorder;

Scott Nicholls, 40, a construction worker, of Little Spenders, Basildon, was jailed for three and a half years for violent disorder;

Greg Allen, 29, a painter, of Wellington Avenue, Westcliff, was jailed for three years for conspiracy to commit violent disorder;

Philip McGill, 32, an electrician, of Hornby Avenue, Westcliff, was jailed for three years for conspiracy to commit violent disorder;

Michael Shawyer, 32, a tiler, of Belgrave Road, Leigh-on-Sea, was jailed for two and a half years for conspiracy to commit violent disorder;

Rhys Pullen, 21, a telecommunications engineer of Bridge Road, Wickford previously admitted the charge of violent disorder.

He was jailed for 16 months and given full credit for his guilty plea.

Sentencing for Ian Young, 41, an electrician, of Brightwell Avenue, Westcliff, for assisting an offender will take place on August 2.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said after today’s hearing: “I am aware that some of the defendants’ friends have made comment that Mr Dobbin was ejected from the match and caused problems in the pub.

This is absolute nonsense. Let me be clear, Simon Dobbin is a thoroughly decent man. He was not involved in any form of disturbance and was not ejected from the match or any other establishment.

He is an entirely innocent victim of an unprovoked savage attack which left him with a permanent and devastating brain injury. My heart goes to Mr Dobbin’s family who have shown immense courage and dignity throughout the investigation and trial. I hope that the sentences issued today help to draw a line under this awful chapter of their lives and they can now concentrate on the future.

“The investigation into what happened that night and bringing those responsible for what happened to him to justice has been complex.

“My team have spoken to well over one hundred witnesses, spent about 500 man hours reviewing CCTV, carried out detailed analysis of mobile phone data and carried out detailed forensic analysis.

Despite our best efforts we still don’t know who exactly threw the fateful blows that left Simon with his life-changing injuries.

“Someone, however, does know. And while today we have seen a number of people sentenced in connection with the events of that evening, I still ask anyone who has information to contact us.

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