Four men have been convicted of a violent assault that left the victim with life-changing injuries.
The victim, a 26-year-old Portuguese national, suffered severe injuries in the attack around 5.30pm in St James Road, Eastbourne, on October 8, 2019.
Bruno Tavares, 33, unemployed, of Seaside, Eastbourne, and Rui Pereira, 28, unemployed, of Harlesden Road, London, both pleaded guilty to wounding with intent.
Maximiliano Pereira, 24, a cleaner, of Seaside, Eastbourne, and Carlos Semedo, 25, unemployed, of no fixed address, were both found guilty of wounding with intent by a jury following a two-week trial at Hove Crown Court.
The court heard how the four men, all Portguese nationals, chased the victim into a dead end road before brutally attacking him by punching, kicking and stamping on his head repeatedly.
The force of the attack was such that the kicks of the offenders were described as like those of a person taking part in a football match.
A passing fire crew stopped and gave the victim vital first aid, despite the attackers trying to continue their assault.
The four men left Eastbourne that same day, and were arrested in Southampton on October 11 having been stopped in two vehicles.
They have all been remanded in custody for sentencing on a date yet to be confirmed.
The case’s investigating officer, DC Elliott Lander, said: “What these four men did to the victim that day changed his life and that of his family and friends forever. He suffered such devastating injuries, it is only thanks to some incredible medical care that he has survived.
“Even now, more than a year after the attack, he is unable to walk and remains in long-term rehabilitation after suffering severe brain damage. He missed out on the birth of his child and will have life-changing injuries forever.
“On behalf of Sussex Police, the victim and his family, I would like to thank those who came to his aid that day, especially the fire officers, and those who came forward to support our investigation after what must have been a traumatic and distressing incident to have witnessed.
“We welcome the guilty verdicts and anticipate lengthy sentences, which we hope will act as both a deterrent and a suitable reminder that such violence will not be tolerated in our community and offenders will swiftly be brought to justice.”
Man charged with driving offences in Eastbourne
A man has been charged following a road traffic collision in Eastbourne.
Police responded to a car crashing into a parked vehicle in Bolton Road at 9.50pm on 15 October. The driver had made off from the scene and exited his vehicle.
The suspect was located nearby in the Post Office car park.
Ashley Kemp, 31, of Biddenden Close in Eastbourne was arrested and charged with failing to stop following a collision, driving without due care and attention, driving otherwise in accordance of a licence and failing to provide a breath specimen.
He has been bailed to appear at Hastings Magistrates' Court on 20 Januuary.
Anyone with information can report online or call 101, quoting 1356 of 15/10.
Appeal for witnesses after girl is assaulted in Eastbourne
Police are appealing for witnesses after a girl was assaulted in Eastbourne.
The 15-year-old victim was walking along Firle Road, near the junction with Havelock Road, around 7pm on Friday, October 2 when she was approached by an unknown man.
He pushed the girl against a wall but fled the scene when she fought back. The victim suffered a minor injury to her hand.
The suspect is described as around 25 years of age, with short brown hair. He had a baseball cap on backwards and was wearing a hooded jumper.
Anyone who saw what happened, or who witnessed any suspicious behaviour in the area at the time, is asked to contact police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 902 of 06/10.
Alternatively witnesses can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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