Gang attack teen avoids jail sentence

NILALM110913F1 - Queen Elizabeth Way Kirk Hallam

NILALM110913F1 - Queen Elizabeth Way Kirk Hallam

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A TEENAGER has been given a suspended sentence after a ‘disgraceful’ attack on a Kirk Hallam man, which left him needing 70 stitches in his face.

Samuel Freeman, 19, was one of three youths charged with the attack on 26-year-old Kellie Paylor, better known as Ashley, on July 22 last year in the car park of the Nottingham Castle pub.

The court heard Mr Paylor lost 3.5 pints of blood after a 15-year-old – who was part of a gang of youths which set upon him as he walked home from a friend’s house – stabbed him in the face with a broken bottle.

Handing Freeman a 12-month sentence suspended for two years, Judge Jonathan Teare blasted the ‘shameful’ 15-month sentence handed to the 15-year-old, saying he should have received at least five years.

Nottingham Crown Court heard on Tuesday that Freeman, of Wirksworth Road, had not instigated the attack and had not inflicted the worst injuries, but had punched and kicked him causing bruising to his body.

Judge Teare said that to be fair to Freeman he was forced to hand him a short sentence because the jail term imposed on the 15-year-old was so lenient.

As he read out the sentence there were gasps from the public gallery.

“I can hear Ashley Paylor’s family express surprise and disgust and I don’t blame them,” said Judge Teare.

As the Advertiser went to press on Wednesday morning, a third man, Lee Flinders, 30, formerly of Nutbrook Crescent, now of Sheffield, was sentenced to 100 hours unpaid work in the community for his part in the attack.