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27 May 2016, 12:31
A man from Leysdown who attacked his neighbour with a baseball bat has been jailed for ten years.
Thirty-seven year old Ricky King, formerly of Sheppey Beach Villas left his victim with extensive facial injuries including a broken jaw in the incident, as well as fractured ribs and severe bruising to his back and legs.
He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and also admitted assaulting a woman who was punched and pinned to the ground immediately following the incident.
The court heard how Kent Police officers were called to Sheppey Beach Villas shortly before 9pm on the day in question by ambulance staff who were treating a man with serious head injuries.
When they arrived they saw the victim covered in blood and with several large wounds to his head and face. The inside of his flat was also covered with blood on the walls and floor.
Through their enquiries officers learned that a neighbour of the victim had seen King leave the property at about 8pm. He confronted her and swung at her with the baseball bat, which she managed to grab from him before throwing it away.
King then punched the woman and pinned her to the ground, where he continued to assault her including an attempt to gouge her eyes with his thumbs. She eventually managed to break free and return to her flat.
Detective Sergeant Alastair Worton of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: "Ricky King demonstrated a shocking disregard for his victim’s life when he used a baseball bat to repeatedly beat him, causing severe injuries that he may never truly recover from.
"Whatever his reasons for carrying out such a vicious attack, his actions – including an unprovoked attack of a woman he did not know – show he is a very dangerous man who poses a clear risk to the public.
"The length of the custodial sentence imposed is a clear sign of the seriousness of the offences committed, and I am pleased King is now behind bars where he can cause no further harm to innocent people."