Man beaten so badly he lost consciousness

Robert Swaine, 35, of Cambridge Road, Bridlington (left) and Stewart Richmond, 31, of Martongate, Bridilgnton, both pleaded guilty to causing grevious bodily harm to Lee Twigg. They both received two-year suspended prison sentences.
Robert Swaine, 35, of Cambridge Road, Bridlington (left) and Stewart Richmond, 31, of Martongate, Bridilgnton, both pleaded guilty to causing grevious bodily harm to Lee Twigg. They both received two-year suspended prison sentences.

A judge told two violent Bridlington men they should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for kicking a man so badly he lost consciousness in a street attack.

Stewart Richmond, 31 and Robin Swaine, 35, were left with blood on their shoes and trousers after an attack on Darren Twigg, 38, who was also beaten with wood.

Richmond, who has 105 previous convictions and Swaine who has 20 previous offences, fractured Mr Twigg’s face in Lawson Road, Bridlington, on December 15.

Richmond, of Martongate, and Swaine, of Cambridge Street, both appeared for sentence at Hull Crown Court on Friday May 24 after earlier pleading guilty to one offence of causing grievous bodily harm.

Crown barrister Jharna Jobes said Mr Twigg lives next door to Richmond’s parents and there had been some trouble before.

She said Mr Twigg had gone outside with a piece of wood to confront Mr Richmond and the tables were turned on him as Swaine went to assist his friend.

She said Mr Twigg suffered a facial fracture, but refused hospital treatment.

In a victim impact statement he said: “This has caused me a lot of suffering and pain. I am concerned about how grotesque I look. I suffer from bi-polar disorder and this has made it worse.”

Defending Richmond, barrister Mark McKone said although there were serious injuries, they were not as bad as they could have been.

Barrister Ian Philip for Swaine urged the judge not to jail him. He said he had far fewer convictions than Richmond.

Sentencing Recorder Gary Gook said: “The aggravating features of this case are its location and you both have previous convictions for violence. It seems to me trouble came to you, rather than the other way around. “I think you both should be thoroughly ashamed of the injuries you caused to Mr Twigg.”

He ordered they should both be given two-year suspended prison sentences and complete 150-hours unpaid work during a 12-month supervision order.