Sunday, 22 October 2017

Trio face jail for attack on men in flat

Three armed men who forced their way into a flat in Henley and assaulted the occupants after one of them

Three armed men who forced their way into a flat in Henley and assaulted the occupants after one of them saw his former girlfriend socialising with them will go to jail.

Daniel New, 24, Phillip Madley, 30, and Sean Cowley, 29, demanded entry to the flat in Reading Road in the early hours of November 17 last year.

The court heard that New, from Didcot, enlisted the help of his half-brother, Madley, and his friend, Cowley, to carry out the attack which left one of their victims in hospital for five days.

The men denied aggravated burglary, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intent to cause grevious bodily harm but were convicted of all counts on Tuesday (November 5) at Aylesbury Crown Court after a seven-day trial. New was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Neil Moore, prosecuting, told the jury that the trio hit Harry Hibbert with iron bars when he answered the front door thinking it was his flatmate.

They then ran upstairs and burst into the flat, causing Max Webb and Jamie Parker-Rigby to become so scared that they hid in the bathroom.

Mr Webb then jumped out of a first-floor window because he was so frightened. He landed on a brick wall and broke his leg.

Mr Moore said that New wasn’t prepared to accept the break-up of his relationship with Amber Collier and had actively pursued her despite it ending three months previously.

New, from Didcot, had approached the group to try to speak to Ms Collier three times in the hours leading up to the attack and followed them when they drove to a garage in Nettlebed to buy alcohol and cigarettes.

Ms Collier, who gave evidence from behind a screen, said New had been controlling and possessive during their two-month relationship and had been in denial when she ended it.

“He definitely wasn’t happy about it,” she said. “He would try and make me stay, try and make me his girlfriend and call and text me all the time.”

She said the attack had been “absolutely terrifying” and said she saw two men hitting Mr Hibbert in the entrance to the flat while New stood behind them.

Ms Collier, 22, said she ran down the stairs and hit New because she thought he was a “stupid idiot” for causing the violence “for no reason”.

She then went upstairs and tried to stop the other men from hitting Mr Hibbert, who was curled up in a corner of his bedroom. She was told that she would be hurt unless she stood back. The attackers then used their iron bars to gain entry to the bathroom and hit, kicked and punched Mr Parker-Rigby for 10 to 15 seconds.

Mr Webb, 25, said he and Mr Parker-Rigby had struggled to keep the door shut when the intruders tried to gain entry and he thought jumping out of the window was the safest option.

“I decided that they weren’t going to give in so I opened up the bathroom window and jumped out of it,” he said. “I was terrified and I needed to get away.”

Mr Webb was initially unaware that his leg was broken but collapsed as he tried to run away. He dragged himself on top of a shed using his arms but was worried that his attackers would spot him so he rolled into the next-door neighbour’s garden and dragged himself to the door to seek help.

The house was empty so he waited until two men had walked past and then called an ambulance which took all of the victims to the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

Mr Webb spent five days at the hospital while he had an operation to sew up his right shin and doctors wired his kneecap together.

His left leg still doesn’t bend properly and he may have to have a second operation.

Mr Hibbert’s injuries included a broken nose and two chipped teeth while Mr Parker-Rigby required stitches for his injuries at the top of his head, above his eye and his nose.

Michael Grayson, who shared the rented flat with Mr Hibbert, said that when he returned later that morning the flat was “completely trashed” and there was blood on the walls, doors and the radiators.

The quote for fixing the damage was £2,000 but the pair negotiated with their letting agent and agreed to forfeit their deposits totalling £1,400.

Edward McKiernan, for New, told the jury that his client had been following Ms Collier because they were in a relationship at the time and he was concerned about her as she had self-harmed in his flat.

He said that New had stayed at the friend’s house on the night of the attack.

Madley claimed he had spent the evening at his home in Chinnor having dinner and drinks with Cowley, from Wallingford.

Recorder Francis Sheridan said the men should expect custodial sentences when they are sentenced next month.

New was remanded in custoday and Madley and Cowley were given bail on the condition that they stay at their main residence.

Mr Sheridan asked New to be assessed for dangerousness.

“He was acting out of total jealousy and revenge towards young Amber and he must be assessed for dangerousness,” he said.

Mr Sheridan also warned Madley and Cowley not to approach any of the witnesses either directly or indirectly.

“Don’t carry out New’s wishes- he has got you into this and it has resulted in you both being convicted,” he said.

Detective sergeant Alun Watkins said he welcomed the jury’s verdict.

“The police have praised the courage of the victims and number of witnesses in coming forward and assisting with the investigation,” he added.



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1310711 Sean Cowley

1310712 Phillip Madley

(NB both of these pictures were taken last week at Amersham Crown Court)



















THREE men are facing jail for forcing their way into a flat and attacking two of the occupants.

Daniel New, Phillip Madley and Sean Cowley barged into the property in Reading Road, Henley, after New saw his former girlfriend socialising with the men.

They then beat up one of the men with iron bars and punched and kicked another.

New, 24, fom Didcot, his half-brother Madley, 30, from Chinnor, and Cowley, 29, from Wallingford, were convicted of aggravated burglary, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Aylesbury Crown Court on Tuesday.

New was found not guilty of perverting the course of justice. All had pleaded not guilty.

Recorder Francis Sheridan said the men could expect custodial sentences when they are sentenced next month.

New was remanded in custody and Mr Sheridan said: “He was acting out of total jealousy and revenge... and he must be assessed for dangerousness.”

Madley and Cowley were given conditional bail and Mr Sheridan warned them not to approach witnesses.

“Don’t carry out New’s wishes — he has got you into this and it has resulted in you both being convicted,” he said. The jury was told the attack happened in the early hours of November 17 last year.

Neil Moore, prosecuting, said the trio hit Harry Hibbert with iron bars when he answered the front door thinking it was his flatmate.

They then ran upstairs and burst into the flat, causing Max Webb and Jamie Parker-Rigby to become so scared that they hid in the bathroom.

Mr Webb then jumped out of a first-floor window because he was so frightened. He landed on a brick wall and broke his leg.

Mr Moore said that New wasn’t prepared to accept the break-up of his relationship with Amber Collier and had actively pursued her despite it ending three months previously.

He had approached the group to try to speak to Ms Collier three times in the hours leading up to the attack and followed them when they drove to a garage in Nettlebed to buy alcohol and cigarettes.

Ms Collier, 22, who gave evidence from behind a screen, said New had been controlling and possessive during their two-month relationship and had been in denial when she ended it.

She said she saw two men hitting Mr Hibbert in the entrance to the flat while New stood behind them. She tried to stop the attack but the men followed Mr Hibbert upstairs and hit him as he was curled up in a corner of his bedroom.

The attackers then used their iron bars to gain entry to the bathroom and hit, kicked and punched Mr Parker-Rigby for 10 to 15 seconds.

Mr Webb, 25, said he and Mr Parker-Rigby had struggled to keep the door shut when the intruders tried to gain entry and he thought jumping out of the window was the safest option.

“I decided that they weren’t going to give in so I opened up the bathroom window and jumped out of it,” he said. “I was terrified and needed to get away.”

Mr Webb was initially unaware that his leg was broken but collapsed as he tried to run away.

He dragged himself on top of a shed using his arms but was worried that his attackers would spot him so he rolled into the next-door neighbour’s garden and dragged himself to the door to seek help.

He spent five days in hospital while he had an operation to sew up his right shin. His left leg still doesn’t bend properly and he may have to have a second operation.

Mr Hibbert’s injuries included a broken nose and two chipped teeth while Mr Parker-Rigby required stitches for his injuries at the top of his head, above his eye and his nose.

Michael Grayson, who shared the rented flat with Mr Hibbert, said that when he returned the interior was “completely trashed” and there was blood on the walls, doors and the radiators.

Edward McKiernan, for New, told the jury that his client had been following Ms Collier because they were in a relationship and he was concerned about her but he had stayed at a friend’s house on the night of the attack.

Madley claimed he had spent the evening at home with Cowley.

Ds Alun Watkins welcomed the jury’s verdict and praised the “courage” of the victims and witnesses in coming forward to help the police.

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