Judge delays sentencing ‘aimless, feckless yob’ facing jail for Camberley assault

January 10, 2019
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A judge has put off sentencing two young men for an assault in Camberley that left their victim with serious facial injuries.

Judge Peter Moss told Paul Furniss, 18, of Manor Way in Bagshot, and Finley Watts, 20, of Upper College Ride in Camberley, that he would not send them to prison immediately but would give them a chance to show they could turn their lives around.

He said: “Make no mistake, if you do not seize this chance with both hands and come back before this court having complied with its requirements and walked away from trouble, then you will end up going to prison.”

Both men had pleaded guilty to assaulting another young man, Joshua Todd, in November 2018 causing him actual bodily harm. Furniss also admitted assaulting Mr Todd three days beforehand.

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During the hearing at Guildford Crown Court on Thursday (January 10), prosecutor Naomi Edwards said Mr Todd had been walking along Berkshire Road in Camberley on November 21 when Furniss attacked him, punching him several times in the face.

On November 24, the court heard, Mr Todd was attacked again while outside Camberley fire station in London Road with his girlfriend, Furniss holding his arms behind him while Watts punched him repeatedly in the face.

Mr Todd fell to the floor, where Watts kicked him. During the attack, Mr Todd lost consciousness and at one point was dragged into the road before his girlfriend brought him back to the safety of the pavement.

The two men must return to Guildford Crown Court for sentencing on June 13.
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Ms Edwards suggested that the attacks may have been gang-related, with Furniss and Watts belonging to a gang based on the Old Dean Estate while Mr Todd had recently left a rival group.

However, both men denied this was the case, saying they had attacked Mr Todd because they believe he was responsible for an earlier assault on one of their friends.

But Judge Moss said he did not “know or care what the origins of [their] aggression towards Mr Todd were.”

“All I’m concerned about is the fact that you have unlawfully assaulted him and caused him injuries.

“His girlfriend gives a vivid account of the brutality of this attack and it went on for some time.”

 

Addressing Watts, whom the court heard had a £70-a-week cannabis habit, Judge Moss said: “You are drifting, you are aimless, you are feckless and you are not going anywhere apart from a life of crime and imprisonment.”

However, he agreed with the probation service’s recommendation that he defer sentencing until June 2019 to see if Furniss and Watts could stay out of trouble, secure employment and start to turn their lives around.

“You are both at a junction in your lives,” he said. “Whilst neither of you has yet acquired a substantial criminal record, this was a serious attack.

“Demonstrate that you are not just aimless yobs and are worthy of the love and affection your parents give you.”

 

Furniss and Watts will return to court on June 13 to be sentenced. Judge Moss indicated that if they had complied with his requirements by that time, he would not send them to prison immediately.

Otherwise, they face a prison sentence of a year or more.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/judge-delays-sentencing-aimless-feckless-15658146


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