Thugs violently beat student for not having enough cigarettes

Two thugs violently assaulted a student in Loughborough, inflicting serious injuries on the young man.

The assault happened after three people approached the victim asking for a cigarette. The 26-year-old didn’t have enough to give out to all of them and the group became aggressive.

Damon Hulme, 21, and Cohen Barley, 17, punched the kicked the student in the face, causing serious facial injuries to him.

A few days later, they proceeded to rob two other men. The first man, a 21-year-old, was approached in Swan Street and was pushed and punched in the face before cash was stolen from him.

About an hour later, a 27-year-old man was approached in Chapman Street, initially by one person who was then joined by two others.  They stole cash, bank cards and a mobile phone.

Hulme and Barley were arrested after the victim of the last incident contacted the police after spotting the suspects.

The pair appeared at Leicester Crown Court where they were sentenced.

Hulme was sentenced to four years and four months after pleading guilty to actual bodily harm and two counts of robberies. Barley was sentenced to two years.

Detective Steve Henderson said:  “These individuals are prolific offenders who have been causing a great deal of unrest in the local community.  We are pleased they have pleaded guilty to their part in the incidents.”

“We hope this conviction reassures the victims and the local community.”

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