Trio travel from Boston to Skegness to rob man in ‘planned and brutal punishment’

Three men who travelled from Boston to carry out a ‘brutal’ robbery on a man have been given jail sentences totalling 20 years at Lincoln Crown Court.

The court was told on Monday how the trio – Christopher Skipworth, 25, of Main Ridge East, David Males, formerly of Boston but now of no fixed abode and David Sykes, 25, of South Parade in South Kyme – lured their victim from his home in Skegness on the pretext of meeting him at the town’s Natwest Bank on Algitha Road, before attacking him.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said the men asked the victim to go down an alleyway near to the bank and he was given a can of beer.

They turned on the man who was knocked unconscious after being struck on the head with an empty vodka bottle.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said: “Skipworth was holding the man down by putting his foot on his neck. Males hit him four times about the chest and back with a pool cue.

“The victim had lost consciousness. When he came round his jewellery, his mobile phone, his wallet and his watch were missing.

“He got up and went to the reception of a nearby solicitors’ office for help and then collapsed.”

The man had two broken ribs and serious internal injuries which left him in intensive care. He spent 12 days in hospital.

Skipworth and Males admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and were found guilty by a jury of robbery as a result of the incident on June 16 2011. They both denied robbery. Skipworth, who admitted a separate offence of possession of a meat cleaver in Boston town centre, was jailed for eight years. Males was jailed for seven years.

Sykes admitted both robbery and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and was jailed for five years.

The court was told the attackers and their victim had at one time all been living on the streets of Boston but the victim later moved out of the town after suffering bullying.

Judge Michael Heath said: “This was a planned and brutal punishment beating accompanied by the robbery of the victim. He was a pathetic and vulnerable individual.”

Terry Boston, for Males, claimed the attack was an unplanned spur of the moment incident.

James Earle, for Skipworth, described it as mindless violence. He said the attack lasted just a matter of seconds and was spontaneous.

Andrew Cogan, for Sykes, said he accepted his guilt from the start and has shown clear remorse.