A man has been jailed for “savagely” attacking another man walking home from band rehearsal.
Anthony Grist, 46, of Margaret Street, Brighton, attacked the 34-year-old man in Beaconsfield Road just before midnight on Friday 20 May this year.
The victim suffered serious lacerations to his head and legs, which required surgery. Since then he has recovered.
Initial investigations took place, extensively involving home visits and CCTV gatherings, which led to Grist being quickly identified and arrested in the early hours of May 21. He was released on conditional bail while the investigation continued.
Forensic tests were carried out on a blood-stained jacket and boots he was wearing the night of the attack, linking him to the victim’s DNA.
Grist pleaded not guilty to intentional injury and his six-day trial began on Monday December 12 at Lewes Crown Court.
He was sentenced to five and a half years in prison on Monday, December 19 after the jury returned a unanimous verdict.
The jury deliberated for four hours and found Grist guilty, and Judge Mercer imposed an immediate prison sentence.
Crime Investigator Rose Horan said: “This was an unprovoked attack which the victim described as ‘feral’. Anthony Grist repeatedly kicked and stomped on the victim while she was lying defenseless on the ground.
“When his Chief Justice, Mercer, delivered the verdict, he told Grist that the attack was brutal and could have been murder if it had lasted much longer. I would like to commend the courage and determination of the victim in this case, as well as the members of the public who stepped in to help him, raised the alarm and appeared in court to testify.
“I would also like to thank my colleagues for providing a thorough and solid response during the night that ensured this violent criminal was quickly identified. He’s off our streets now.”
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23212239.brighton-man-anthony-grist-jailed-wounding-intent/?ref=rss Brighton man Anthony Grist has been sentenced to life in prison for intentional assault