Gang attacked father and son in Guildford like ‘pack of wild animals’, victim says

February 12, 2019

The victim of an unprovoked attack on him and his 72-year-old father in Guildford has described the gang who did it as a “pack of wild animals”.

Surrey Police released a statement on the attack following a sentencing hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday (February 7).

Keiran McQuade, of Vernon Way in Guildford, was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm.

The court heard that 20-year-old McQuade was part of a group that attacked two men in New Cross Road, near the Sainsbury’s Local, on May 8 2017.

Police said a 47-year-old man and his father, 72, were woken at around 4.30am by a disturbance outside their house.

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A police statement said: “Fearing the suspects were going to break in, the pair went out to ask them to leave. However, they were then attacked by the group and beaten repeatedly.

“The 72-year-old was left with life-changing injuries and now needs regular care. His son also still suffers from the after effects of the incident.”

Police said that officers made a number of arrests before eventually charging McQuade.

In his original statement to police, the 47-year-old victim described the group as a “pack of wild animals”.

Police cordoned off the scene following the attack
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He added: “When I am thinking about what happened, which is quite often, it is not obvious to me why they did it or why they were acting like they were.

“I described the actions and comments in my earlier statement. There was one person in particular who seemed to direct what was going on and this was strange to me. These thoughts just come and go.”


Investigating officer Detective Constable Simon Tigg called it a “horrific and unprovoked” attack.

He said: “The victims are still suffering from the consequences of the frenzied attack that day.

“This has been a lengthy and complex investigation but shows our determination to hunt down violent offenders, arrest them and put them before the courts.”

He added that McQuade is “rightly behind bars where he belongs”.

Police said that five people arrested as part of the investigation face no further action at this time.

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