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Two jailed for GBH after attack which caused brain injury

News   •   Apr 12, 2018 12:28 BST

[Ahmed Amizane and Stuart Battams]

Two men who carried out a sudden vicious attack, leaving their victim with life-changing injuries, have been jailed.

Ahmed Amizane, 44 (01.01.74) and Stuart Battams, 46 (11.04.72), both of no fixed abode, were both found guilty of grievous bodily harm at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, 6 April.

On the same date, Amizane was sentenced to two years and nine months’ imprisonment.

Battams was sentenced to two years and seven months’ imprisonment.

The court heard how on 1 October 2017, Amizane and Battams were with the victim, Dennis Clarke, near Camden High Street.

The three men walked to Carlow Street where Amizane and Battams subjected Mr Clarke to an apparently unprovoked attack.

A member of the public came to Mr Clarke’s assistance and stayed with him until officers and London Ambulance Service (LAS) arrived.

The victim was taken to an east London hospital where he underwent major surgery to release the pressure from a bleed on the brain.

A large section of his skull was removed and he required 37 staples to his head. He now wears a protective helmet pending further surgery later this year to replace the segment of skull.

Detectives identified Amizane from CCTV and arrested him on 6 October. He was found to be in possession of the victim’s mobile phone. Officers charged him with grievous bodily harm on 7 October.

Battman’s was arrested on 17 October. He was charged with GBH on 24 October.

Detective Constable Colin Anderson, from the Met’s Central North Command, said: "Both Amizane and Battams gave no consideration to the severity of their actions and the ultimate consequences on both the quality of life for Mr Clarke, and the impact on those who witnessed it.

"They did now show any remorse for their actions during the trial."

Detective Inspector Thomas Kearney, added: "I am proud of the work by the first responders and detectives from Central North. With the support and quick thinking of the public and officers first on scene, Mr Clarke was able to receive the treatment he so desperately needed.

"There is no doubt that the consequences to Mr Clarke would have been more severe without this intervention.

"In addition, two more violent people are currently off the streets. I hope this provides confidence to our community that we will pursue and bring offenders to justice for their actions.”