Tuesday 6th November 2018
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Shoreham man jailed for violent attack in Worthing
A man who repeatedly punched and kicked two other men has been given a six-year prison sentence.
Daniel Osborn, 24, from Longshore Drive, Shoreham, entered a takeaway in Brighton Road, Worthing, on 15 April 2017 and was verbally aggressive towards staff.
A 54-year-old man, who was visiting the town, confronted Osborn who followed him outside and punched him twice in the face, knocking him unconscious. Osborn continued to kick the victim while he lay motionless on the floor causing multiple injuries including a fractured eye socket, before student Amir Aghaei pushed Osborn off the victim. Osborn threatened to kill him if he called the police, then hit the unconscious victim three more times before running away.
A woman cycling past stopped to administer first aid on the victim, while her partner Gilles DuBourg chased after Osborn.
Osborn hid in an alleyway and ambushed Mr DuBourg, knocking him to the floor and kicking him repeatedly in the face causing multiple facial fractures.
Police arrested and interviewed Osborn on 8 May 2017. He denied that he was the person caught on CCTV, claimed to know nothing about the second assault, and refused to answer any other questions but over a year later entered a guilty plea at court.
At Hove Crown Court on Monday 15 October, Judge Shani Barnes gave Osborn a six year custodial sentence for assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and two years for assault occasioning actual bodily harm, to run concurrently.
Detective Constable Noel Simmonds said: “This was a needless incident that resulted in serious injuries to people simply trying to protect others. The sentence imposed not only reflects the severity of the harm that Osborn caused, but the need to protect the public from his violence.
“The case also demonstrated the best of Worthing: three strangers, each putting the needs of others above their personal safety. All of the victims and witnesses involved with this case showed great courage in seeing the case through. I would particularly like to thank Mr Aghaei and Mr DuBourg who stood up to Osborn despite seeing the violence he was capable of.
Man suffers a fractured jaw in Worthing assault
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a fractured jaw in a Worthing assault.
The victim, a man in his 20s, was walking with a friend to his van, which was parked in Cross Street, around 9.30am on Friday (2 November).
As he reached the vehicle, he was approached by another man and a verbal and physical altercation occurred. The victim suffered a fractured jaw and a broken tooth and was taken to hospital.
The suspect was described as an Asian man, 5’ 11”, of slim build, in his mid-20s, with a short beard and short dark hair. He was wearing a khaki green hooded top, dark jeans and trainers.
A 25-year-old man from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm. He was released under investigation and enquiries are continuing.
If you witnessed the assault please report information either online or by calling 101 quoting reference 290 of 02/11. Alternatively, you can visit the Crimestoppers website or contact the independent charity anonymously on 0800 555 111
Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 0880 04/11/2018
Location: Melbourne Way Worthing
Date and time: Between the 01st November and the 4th November
Details: A window was smashed to gain entry into a house. Jewellery was stolen
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0959 30/10/2018
Location: Old Fort Road Shoreham
Date and time: Between 28th and 29th October
Details: A pedal cycle was stolen from a shed.
Reference: 0462 01/11/2018
Location: Rogate Road Worthing
Date and time: Between 26th October and the 1st November
Details: Entry was gained to a garage and a moped was stolen.
Please be aware. There have been three reports one in Shoreham and two in Worthing of two males knocking on doors claiming to need to check the water supply. On each occasion the victims were elderly and allowed the males into their property.
One of the victims had cash stolen
If you know someone elderly or vulnerable please make sure they are aware not to let anyone into their property that they don’t know
Please do not let anyone into your home that you don’t know. Always ask for identification- official visitors won’t mind being asked for ID.
If you have concerns about someone who has called at your door, call the police immediately and take down as many details about the person as possible.
We have received some reports of catalytic convertors being stolen from cars in the Worthing area.
If you see any one acting suspiciously around cars call us immediately on 999
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