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‘Cowardly and inhumane’ attackers are jailed after breaking man’s jaw in Maidstone

PUBLISHED: 09:37 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:43 03 March 2017

Joseph Jabatie

Joseph Jabatie

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It follows an assault in September last year

Sam GriefSam Grief

Three men have been jailed for their role in a “heinous” attack which left their victim with multiple injuries.

David Ademiju, Joseph Jabatie and Sam Grief carried out the vicious assault in September last year, after an argument broke out at a bar in Maidstone.

The trio denied charges of GBH, but were convicted on February 28 after a seven-day trial.

The court heard the attack happened in Upper Stone Street at around 6.30am on September 6.

David AdemijuDavid Ademiju

All three defendants had been thrown out of a bar after arguing with a woman inside.

The victim, who was a friend of the woman, saw the men outside a nearby garage and conversation took place.

But as the 23-year-old walked away Ademiju, 27 and 34-year-old Jabatie launched into another argument.

Ademiju ran into a nearby alley and reappeared a minute later wearing a balaclava, running directly toward the victim, punching him in the jaw.

Jabatie then joined in with the assault, before the victim managed to escape by running into the busy road.

But the pair continued their relentless attack, and 24-year-old Grief appeared from the other side of the road to join in.

The victim escaped again and was pursued by all three offenders but only Jabatie and Grief caught up with him.

Grief then punched the victim around the head several times before dragging him to the floor, where the pair began kicking him.

The brutal attack finally ended when an onlooker helped free the victim and the trio ran off.

All three men were arrested the following day, and were sentenced on Thursday, March 2.

Ademiju, of Brewer Street in Maidstone, was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison.

Jabatie, of Thackeray Road in Larkfield, was sentenced to seven years.

Grief, of Lucerne Street in Maidstone, was sentenced to four years and five months.

“This was a cowardly and inhuman attack by three men who subjected the victim to completely intolerable levels of violence,” said investigating officer det const Fiona Dalzell.

“All assaults are callous but the fact these men continued to beat the victim when he was laying on the floor, clearly seriously injured, makes their offence all the more heinous.

“They then denied the assault, forcing the victim to relive the trauma in court. It is entirely appropriate they have received these sentences and I hope this brings some closure to the victim.”

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