Men jailed for violent attack in Haverhill using tyre lever

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

Two men who carried out a violent attack in Haverhill using a tyre lever have each been jailed for five years.

Jimmy Murray, 22, and Ben Darville, 25, kicked open the front door of their victim’s flat in Wratting Road on May 8 last year to launch the attack, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

On Monday, Murray, of High Street, Haverhill, and Darville, of no fixed address, were jailed by Mr Recorder Ian Evans after being found guilty by a jury of aggravated burglary with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The court heard how Emma Florian had been walking home with her son Ayden Devine when a car stopped and someone in the front passenger seat spoke to him.

Gerard Renouf, prosecuting, said that a short time later the door of the flat where Miss Florian and Mr Devine lived was kicked open and two men walked in.

Mr Renouf said: “They went straight over to her son and started hitting him in the head with a tyre lever.”

Miss Florian told police that Murray had been ‘smirking’ during the attack during which she was thrown to the floor as she tried to intervene.

The court heard that after five minutes the incident ended when Miss Florian called the police and Murray and Darville ran off.

Mr Devine, 22, suffered head wounds and was treated at hospital, said Mr Renouf.

Mr Recorder Evans, who said immediate prison terms were the only realistic option open to him, was told that following his arrest Darville declined to answer any police questions while Murray handed over a prepared statement in which he denied any involvement in the attack.