Two young thugs who left a cyclist permanently brain-damaged after mistaking him for a paedophile and clubbing him to the ground have been jailed for the “sickening” attack.
Portuguese Filipe Nunes David, 40, had the left side of his skull removed by doctors who performed a partial lobotomy after the attack with wooden stakes.
Mr David needs help washing and dressing himself, walking and performing everyday tasks. He was in a coma for two weeks after surgery and in critical condition for another three.
The three — ringleader Brett Carslake, 20, Jamie Bailey, 17, and Frank Miller, 17 — were high on drink and drugs when they set upon Mr David, a father of two, as he cycled along the road in Ewell last August, Kingston Crown Court heard.
Carslake and Bailey knocked him off his bike with wooden stakes. As he lay bleeding and asking “Why me?”, Bailey stole Mr David’s cigarettes. Brandishing the stakes, they shouted: “We’ve done it. We’ve beaten the paedophile.”
Recorder Simon Oliver said: “The three of you involved yourselves in extreme and gratuitous violence. The attack was so serious and injuries so severe he was unable to remember it or provide a statement and needs full-time medical help. We know Mr David has a depression in his skull — we can see it. I hope his appearance leaves you with a sick feeling in your stomachs. He’s very lucky to be alive. You have destroyed this man. He is still missing a large part of his skull and brain.”
“You were boasting of your actions, celebrating what you did. I find that sickening,” added Recorder Oliver. “For you to consider taking anything into your own hands was appalling. Nothing whatsoever supported the rumour Mr David was a paedophile.”
The judge told Carslake: “You are a dangerous, vicious man and we need to stop you at once.”
Richard Jory, prosecuting, said: “They were excited and exhilarated and were showing off. One was holding the piece of wood and waving it about like a trophy.”
Carslake, a scaffolder, of Epsom, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to a five-year minimum term.
Jamie Bailey, 17, of Ewell received five years’ custody. Miller, a student, 17, of Ewell, who forced Mr David from his bike, must complete a two-year intensive supervision and surveillance programme after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm.
One witness told police Carslake, who has a history of violence, and had been bailed by a local court earlier that day wanted to return and club Mr David again but was restrained by the others. Mr David attended court wi th the assistance of two nurses. “He remains grossly disfigured by the attack,” added Mr Jory.
Mr David’s partner Helen Sousa, 23, said: “Filipe was a good father, but since the attack most of the time he doesn’t recognise us. I am now mother and father to our children and it’s been really hard.”
Probation officers branded Carslake as a “high risk” to the public whose only concern after the attack was how long he would be in custody, showing no remorse for Mr David.