'Reformed' thug jailed for brutal attack

HE was the apple of his mother's eye, but today teenage thug Thomas Crowley is starting a 12-month sentence after being part of a gang which beat an Ipswich man unconscious.

By Colin Adwent

HE was the apple of his mother's eye, but today teenage thug Thomas Crowley is starting a 12-month sentence after being part of a gang which beat an Ipswich man unconscious.

His sentence came just four months after he claimed he had mended his ways and was setting a good example to the wayward youngsters of east Ipswich.

Yesterday, magistrates at Ipswich youth court agreed to The Evening Star's request to waive the 17-year-old's right to anonymity after Crowley's sentencing.


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The vicious assault he was involved in has left one of the victims, Terry Ragan, frightened to walk to the shops near his home in Rands Way.

In a statement read out to the court by prosecutor John Hardwick, Mr Ragan said: "I have suffered depression for the past 15 years. My confidence has taken a battering since the attack."

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