Norfolk

Birthday party attacker Clive Malone jailed for life

Clive Lambert Image copyright Norfolk Police
Image caption Clive Malone went back to a birthday party to steal a laptop and attacked two brothers

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for attacking two brothers after a birthday party, one of whom was left brain damaged, paralysed and blind.

Clive Malone, 27, of Paget Road in Great Yarmouth, was found guilty of attempted murder at Norwich Crown Court in August.

Russell Lambert, 55, was left with "severe" injuries after he was attacked on 1 February, Norfolk Police said.

Malone was told he would serve a minimum of sixteen years in prison.

He will also serve two eight year terms concurrently, for causing grievous bodily harm and aggravated burglary - charges he had previously pleaded guilty to.

Mr Lambert's brother Patrick, known as Tommy, was left with "a gash to the top of his head, heavy bruising and cuts to his hand", police said.

Russell Lambert is still in a "poor condition in hospital".

During the trial, the court heard Malone had been to a party for Russell Lambert's birthday on the day of the assault.

He was overheard having a "minor argument" with the two brothers about Russell Lambert's laptop, before leaving the house on Albion Road.

But he was later seen walking back, wearing a hat and scarf across his face.

Image copyright Lambert family
Image caption Russell Lambert was left brain damaged, blind and paralysed after the attack

Malone went on to attack both of the brothers while they were sleeping, stealing Mr Lambert's laptop.

In court, he admitted taking an iron bar to the house, which was used during the assault.

Det Ch Insp Paul Durham, from Norfolk and Suffolk's Major Investigation Team, described the incident as "an unprovoked and extremely violent attack".

"Considering that the day had started out as a celebration of Tommy's birthday, neither he nor Russell would have ever expected it to end so tragically," he said.

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