A 20-year-old man from Grays has been jailed for 14 years for carrying out a vicious and unprovoked assault on a man which left him with life changing injuries. Jake Tierney-Campbell, of Richmond Road, in Grays, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Friday for the attack which happened in Brooke Road, in Grays in the early hours of Sunday June 14.
He had been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. Although there is no clear motive, it is believed that the victim, a 39-year-old man, had been smoking a cigarette outside his house when he was approached by Tierney-Campbell. After punching the victim in the head witnesses reported him repeatedly kicking the victim while he was slumped on the floor before then running off. The victim’s fiancÃ©e heard the commotion and came out of their house to find her partner seriously injured.
An 18-year-old woman, Hannah Cottom, of St Peters Road, in Grays, was also sentenced to a 10 month prison sentence suspended for 12 months for assisting an offender. She had disposed of the clothes that Tierney-Campbell was wearing when he carried out the assault.
Investigating officer Pc Owen Clements said: "Unfortunately it is unlikely that Tierney-Campbell’s victim will ever fully recover from the serious head injuries he suffered that night. This was an incredibly cowardly and unprovoked attack on a man standing outside his own home.
"Tierney-Campbell then ran off and tried to evade justice with the assistance of Cottom. However a thorough investigation by Essex Police soon identified him and I am pleased he has been convicted and jailed. I hope it will be of some small comfort to the victim and his fiancÃ©e that Tierney-Campbell will now be spending a number of years in prison for his vicious crime.”