Prison for Ned Gemmill's attackers

TWO men responsible for a vicious street attack that left Suffolk man Ned Gemmill with brain damage, have today been put behind bars.Daniel Taylor, 18, and Johnny Callie, 19, both of Downside Close, Ipswich, were found guilty of violent disorder on January 20.

TWO men responsible for a vicious street attack that left Suffolk man Ned Gemmill with brain damage, have today been put behind bars.

Daniel Taylor, 18, and Johnny Callie, 19, both of Downside Close, Ipswich, were found guilty of violent disorder on January 20.

The pair were sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court today to 18 months in a young offenders' institute following the incident in Princes Street in the town on June 27 last year.

Mr Gemmill, speaking after hearing the verdict, said he was pleasantly surprised at the sentence.

He said: "They've got more than I thought they would. I don't think 18 months is too bad at all. They've got something at least.

"I'd been warned they might get two or three months so this is good. I think it's fair for what they did and I'm just happy it's all over."

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Mr Gemmill, 21, of Clare, was left fighting for his life in the aftermath of the incident, which happened on the night he was celebrating his 21st birthday.

Before sentencing the pair, Judge David Goodin said: "The disagreement between the two of you and the four men from Clare was fuelled by the amount of alcohol consumed by all of you."

He said the incident could have been avoided after everyone involved was thrown out from Zest nightclub by doormen. Ned Gemmill and his friend then made it to the train station to get a taxi.

Mr Goodin said: "Nobody was seriously hurt. The incident could have ended there. It didn't, because you followed them over the bridge and I have no doubt that you wanted further violence. You got it.

"You ran off because you heard sirens approaching, leaving Ned Gemmill unconscious on the ground, with devastating head injuries. These left him with permanent lasting effects."

Mr Goodin said the incident was so serious that in his view no other sentence could be passed than a custodial one.

He added: "There seems to be an absence of remorse or responsibility. You behaved monstrously and violently on that evening and it is my duty to punish you so that it will deter others."

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