Gang sentenced to 61 years after "vicious" attack left man without his arms and legs

"Vicious" attackers Dominic Brookes, Jeramiah Reynolds, Patrick Brookes and Trey Johnson

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A gang of four men have been sentenced for a total of 61 years after being found guilty of stabbing a man who lost his arms and legs due to his injuries in a “vicious” attack.

They include Dominic Brookes, 19, of Bramble Close, Shirley, who has been locked up for 15 years for his part in the attack in Worthing on Ernest Moyo.

Mr Moyo, known as Joe, was attacked as he left a party in Pavilion Road, Worthing, on August 11, 2012.

The then 25-year-old had been at the party and after an altercation with another group, he left.

Later he returned with friends and there was a fight with the four men.

He was stabbed three times, once in the thigh and twice in the stomach and was left in the road before emergency services found him and took him to hospital.

The wounds became infected, endangering his vital organs, and the decision was taken by doctors to amputate his arms and legs.

The four men, who appeared in Hove Crown Court, were all charged with GBH with intent.

Jobless Patrick Brookes, 27, from Worthing, Jeremiah Reynolds, 26, unemployed from Walthamstow, East London, were found guilty on March 11 after a three week retrial at Hove Crown Court.

Patrick Brookes was jailed for 16 years and Reynolds was sentenced to 15 years.

Dominic Brookes and 18-year-old Trey Johnson, from Worthing, were found guilty at Hove Crown Court in August.

Dominic Brookes was sentenced to 15 years and Johnson was also sentenced to 15 years today.

Mr Moyo’s fiancée Amy said: "For two to three months every day both our families visited him hoping and praying, before finally he was taken off the life support.

“Joe and myself will have to deal with his injuries everyday for the rest of our lives as we make a future together, making our lives totally different from what they would have been.

"We would all like to thank all the nurses, doctors and surgeons at the hospitals for all their care and support that they gave to Joe.

"We would also like to thank Sussex Police especially Detective Constables Tony Taylor and Laura Sinden and PC Vicky Bailey for all of their hard work and support.

"We are relieved that four people have now been held accountable for their actions and will now face many years in prison."

Patrick Brookes was arrested on the night of the attack, along with another man who was later released without charge.

Patrick Brookes was then charged with GBH with intent the following day.

Nine days later, Reynolds, Dominic Brookes and Johnson, who was 16 at the time, were arrested and charged also with GBH with intent on 22 August.

After the case Detective Constable Laura Sinden said: "I have been with Joe and his family throughout the investigation and the trial and pleased for them that these four people have been brought to justice.

“Each of the men have received significant sentences for their involvement in what happened that night.

“The attack happened after a row about a mobile phone and escalated into a young man almost losing his life.

“The injuries Joe sustained from the stab wounds have meant he had to have his limbs amputated and therefore the consequences of that night will be with him for the rest of his life.

"This was a vicious attack that left Joe fighting for his life in the middle of the road. We have worked hard, and with the support of Joe's family, to bring these men to justice."

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2:21am Tue 17 Jun 14

Dennis R says...

Given the horrific end result of their actions, sixty-one years EACH would have been all the better for them to consider what they'd done. Now, if it were only possible to prevent "the system" sending them eventually to an open prison so they can toddle off . . . .
Given the horrific end result of their actions, sixty-one years EACH would have been all the better for them to consider what they'd done. Now, if it were only possible to prevent "the system" sending them eventually to an open prison so they can toddle off . . . . Dennis R
  • Score: 20

8:35am Tue 17 Jun 14

Noddyblanket says...

Dennis R wrote:
Given the horrific end result of their actions, sixty-one years EACH would have been all the better for them to consider what they'd done. Now, if it were only possible to prevent "the system" sending them eventually to an open prison so they can toddle off . . . .
Couldn't agree more! Horrific story. When we some people atart to respect life as bit more, change is gonna come surely! I hope so because at the moment I look at my children and plan never to let them go out!
[quote][p][bold]Dennis R[/bold] wrote: Given the horrific end result of their actions, sixty-one years EACH would have been all the better for them to consider what they'd done. Now, if it were only possible to prevent "the system" sending them eventually to an open prison so they can toddle off . . . .[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more! Horrific story. When we some people atart to respect life as bit more, change is gonna come surely! I hope so because at the moment I look at my children and plan never to let them go out! Noddyblanket
  • Score: 14

12:59pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Dani78 says...

Dennis R wrote:
Given the horrific end result of their actions, sixty-one years EACH would have been all the better for them to consider what they'd done. Now, if it were only possible to prevent "the system" sending them eventually to an open prison so they can toddle off . . . .
again totally agree but why did this man go back to the party, he was obviously looking for trouble unfortunately he came of worse...

No place for scum like these though, why carry a knife #Cowards
[quote][p][bold]Dennis R[/bold] wrote: Given the horrific end result of their actions, sixty-one years EACH would have been all the better for them to consider what they'd done. Now, if it were only possible to prevent "the system" sending them eventually to an open prison so they can toddle off . . . .[/p][/quote]again totally agree but why did this man go back to the party, he was obviously looking for trouble unfortunately he came of worse... No place for scum like these though, why carry a knife #Cowards Dani78
  • Score: 6

1:40pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Elizaloup says...

Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it?
Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it? Elizaloup
  • Score: -5

1:54pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Mr Strings says...

Elizaloup wrote:
Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it?
Because one of the attackers is from Shirley
[quote][p][bold]Elizaloup[/bold] wrote: Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it?[/p][/quote]Because one of the attackers is from Shirley Mr Strings
  • Score: 9

2:55pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Elizaloup says...

Mr Strings wrote:
Elizaloup wrote:
Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it?
Because one of the attackers is from Shirley
Apologies. I missed the mention of Shirley. Took it from the later mention that he came from Worthing.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Strings[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Elizaloup[/bold] wrote: Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it?[/p][/quote]Because one of the attackers is from Shirley[/p][/quote]Apologies. I missed the mention of Shirley. Took it from the later mention that he came from Worthing. Elizaloup
  • Score: 6

4:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Dani78 says...

Mr Strings wrote:
Elizaloup wrote: Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it?
Because one of the attackers is from Shirley
one of them was from Croydon "shirley"
[quote][p][bold]Mr Strings[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Elizaloup[/bold] wrote: Why is this story in the CROYDON GUARDIAN? Where is the local interest in it?[/p][/quote]Because one of the attackers is from Shirley[/p][/quote]one of them was from Croydon "shirley" Dani78
  • Score: 5

6:19pm Tue 17 Jun 14

john nunn says...

Our society, is it not worth justice? These evils should have been given the death penalty, Sadly , we have not got that in our stupid lenient society.
61 years should be for each of the criminals.
I would have preferred the justice system of China. This system would help our decent society revert to which it was when we had respectable people to share our existence with, with a hope that these nasty ones are controlled and eliminated from the UK.
Our society, is it not worth justice? These evils should have been given the death penalty, Sadly , we have not got that in our stupid lenient society. 61 years should be for each of the criminals. I would have preferred the justice system of China. This system would help our decent society revert to which it was when we had respectable people to share our existence with, with a hope that these nasty ones are controlled and eliminated from the UK. john nunn
  • Score: 9

12:13pm Wed 2 Jul 14

HarryEnglish says...

Cuts?! Cuts?! We're paying for his NHS hospital treatment, lifetime disability benefit, compensation, and their trial and imprisonment. Over ten years that little scrap will cost taxpayers millions, and what have we got for our money?
Cuts?! Cuts?! We're paying for his NHS hospital treatment, lifetime disability benefit, compensation, and their trial and imprisonment. Over ten years that little scrap will cost taxpayers millions, and what have we got for our money? HarryEnglish
  • Score: 2

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