Two guilty of attack where man loses arms and legs

Joe Moyo had to have his arms and legs amputated

Two men have been found guilty of stabbing a man who eventually had both his arms and legs amputated.

Ernest Moyo, 25, who is known as Joe, was attacked as he left a party in Worthing in August 2012.

After treatment in hospital, he acquired an infection that resulted in both his arms and legs being amputated.

Patrick Brookes, 26, from Worthing, and Jeramiah Reynolds, 26, from Ascham End, Walthamstow, were found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Two others, Dominic Brookes, 19, from Bramble Close, Croydon, and a 17-year-old boy, from Worthing, were tried in August at Hove Crown Court and also found guilty of the same offence.

All four defendants pleaded not guilty.

'Life changing'

Sussex Police said Mr Moyo was at a party in Pavilion Road when he was stabbed once in the leg and twice in the abdomen.

After infection spread and his vital organs were put in danger, doctors amputated his arms and legs.

His family were so distressed by the incident and Mr Moyo had such little recollection of what happened to him, they told him initially he had been in a car crash.

Det Con Laura Sinden said the attack happened after a row about a mobile phone.

"The injuries Joe sustained from the stab wounds have meant he had to have his limbs amputated and therefore the consequences of that night will be with him for the rest of his life," she said.

His girlfriend, Amy Dunne, added: "It has been very hard for myself and both our families and friends to come to terms with the life changing injuries he received.

"Joe and myself will have to deal with his injuries everyday as we make a future together, making our lives totally different from what they would have been."

All four attackers will be sentenced in the week beginning 22 April.

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