Two jailed at Exeter Crown Court for baseball bat attack

Two men who launched an unprovoked attack on a teenager with a baseball bat have been sentenced to two years in a young offenders institution.

Exeter Crown Court heard that Luke Paterson and Jack Morris, both 18, battered a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named, in November.

The pair arrived at Hackney Retail Park in Kingsteignton, Devon in a car driven by Ashley Parnell, 19.

Parnell was given a six month curfew and a supervision order.

Prosecutor Janice Eagles said the victim was playing with friends in the car park when the assailants pulled up, got out of the car and began their attack.

'Utterly disgraceful'

Paterson swung the bat into the teenager's face so hard it shattered his palate and nose, leaving him in need of extensive reconstructive work.

During the attack Morris held an imitation gun to the victim's head and threatened to shoot.

Paterson, of Bucks Close, Bovey Tracey, and Morris, of Templer Place, Bovey Tracey, both pleaded guilty to causing grievous harm.

Paterson admitted having a baseball bat as an offensive weapon and Morris having an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear.

Parnell, of Brimley Vale, Newton Abbot, admitted taking the pair to and from the scene.

Judge Francis Gilbert told them: "You set on a young boy of 16 who was there with his friends. He was a stranger to you who told you he did not know you.

"It is utterly disgraceful and extremely serious criminal conduct."

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