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Teenagers leave homeless man blind

May 22nd 2009
Four teenagers were convicted last month for causing life-threatening injuries to a defenceless man who was sleeping in a bus shelter near Chichester, Sussex. Paul Vickers, 40, was left blind in one eye and with slurred speech after the group of four struck him repeatedly over the head and body with a wheel brace in July last year. The jury at Lewes Crown Court was shown a 25-second video of the savage attack, filmed by the offenders themselves on a mobile phone. Police said the victim would never fully recover and that the recording of the attack was a "particularly sickening" aspect of the act. Detective inspector Nigel Brown, who led the investigation, said: "This horrific and callous act was apparently committed for no other reason than to satisfy the offenders' need for violence, and for their own sadistic pleasure." Mr Vickers is still recovering at Donald Wilson House, a neurological rehabilitation centre for adults, while the teenagers face sentencing at the Old Bailey at a date to be fixed in the following weeks.

June 2008



A wake-up call from Broadway and the Corporation of London

Olympic experience

Pavement out-patients

Alcohol gel is the new meths, and just as dangerous

Teenagers leave homeless man blind

It's lonely being homeless in Newcastle

New start at Spitalfields Crypt Trust

The homeless carbon footprint

Rising food prices hit home

Tories in Crisis... for a launch

Musical clash in Camden

Rough sleeper evicted from car park

Where's Justiceville?

Finding 'The Pie Man?'

More on the 'Black Widow' murders

Knowing your limits

The Barka Foundation


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