Two men who attacked and robbed an Ely architect - leaving their victim with horrific injuries- jailed for total of 25 years
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Two men who attacked and robbed an Ely architect, leaving him for dead, have been jailed for a total of 25 years.
Lee Jones, 33, and Sebastian Yellowe, 23, both of Stevenage, attacked the victim, Tony Walton, who is now 68, as he walked home through Cherry Hill Park, in Ely, after a night out with friends. He spent 100 days in hospital.
They stole his mobile phone, wedding ring, a bank card and some cash and left him on the ground with serious facial injuries.
Police were alerted at about 12.45am on October 16 last year after the victim’s wife found him semi-conscious in the park.
She had been expecting him home at 10.30pm the previous day but had become concerned when he did not arrive.
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The victim was taken to hospital and was only discharged earlier this year.
Police inquiries led to Jones and Yellowe, who were found guilty of robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent on May 5 following a trial at King’s Lynn Crown Court.
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Yellowe also sparked a full scale alert when he claimed to be Jihadi John, the Islamic State executioner, and threatened to blow up the Norwich Samaritans office, He was being held on remand at Norwich prison and used a dedicated phone line to the Samaritans at the jail to make two hoax calls.
Jones was jailed for 13 years for the assault and 10 years for robbery, to run concurrently, while Yellowe was jailed for 12 years for the assault and 10 years for robbery, also to run concurrently.
The judge said Jones would not be considered for parole until he had served at least eight years and eight months.
DC Peter Ware said: “This was a cowardly and vicious attack on the victim who has still not fully recovered from his injuries and the sentences handed out today reflect the gravity of the offence.
“I hope today’s sentencing provides some closure for the victim and his family.”