Kent

Lee Cekic jailed for 'horrific attack' on Joe Bath

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Media captionJoe Bath's mother Deborah said she could not recognise her son in hospital

A 24-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years for stabbing his sister's ex-boyfriend in the face during a "terrifying and horrific" attack.

Lee Cekic, previously of George Hill Road, Broadstairs, repeatedly assaulted Joe Bath, aged 25, in the back of his car on 12 August 2012.

He admitted false imprisonment and grievous bodily harm with intent, at an earlier Canterbury Crown Court hearing.

Cekic, a boxer, received his jail term with five years extended licence.

Mr Bath was stabbed in the head with a key, suffered bleeding on the brain, a fractured skull and was beaten unconscious during a car journey between Thanet and Herne Bay.

'Sickening and violent'

Kent Police said Mr Bath got into the vehicle with Cekic and his former girlfriend, 22-year-old Jade Cekic, following an earlier argument at a nightclub in Margate.

Mr Bath was twice taken out of the vehicle to be assaulted before being dumped on a cliff top by Cekic.

Her managed to run to a nearby house in Kingsgate Bay Road, Broadstairs, to get help.

Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham said: "There is no doubt in my mind that Lee Cekic intended to seriously hurt Mr Bath and subjected him to a terrifying and horrific ordeal. It was a sickening and violent attack which left the victim with horrendous injuries and he will be scarred for life.

Image caption Police described the attack by Lee Cekic as "sickening and violent"

"The offender's parents and his sister then assisted Lee in attempting to cover up this crime giving false statements to the police and trying to shift the blame elsewhere.

"Mr Bath has shown great courage and bravery by standing up to his attacker in providing evidence and I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the officers who carried out thorough and painstaking investigations and uncovered the full extent of the assault despite attempts to cover it up."

Jade Cekic, formerly of Vicarage Place, Margate, was sentenced to 21 months in jail for attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Her parents Paula Cekic, 43, and Negovan Cekic, 52, of Hasting Avenue, Margate, who faced the same charge, were also jailed for 21 months.

The three defendants all pleaded guilty at earlier hearings.

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