Group Convicted Following Simon Dobbin Attack

14 July 2017, 16:17 | Updated: 14 July 2017, 16:40

Simon Dobbin

A group of men have been found guilty for their part in a violent attack which left football fan Simon Dobbin with life changing injuries.

The men were part of a gang which set out to ambush Cambridge Utd football supporters following a match in Southend in March 2015.

Douglas Mackay for the Crown Prosecution Service said: "These men set out on that Saturday with the intention of getting involved in the most horrific violence. Their victims were chosen at random and were entirely innocent.

"The jury agreed with the prosecution that each of these men played an active part in planning or carrying out this shocking attack.

"Mr Dobbin and his family have been through an unimaginable ordeal. I can only hope these verdicts bring some sense of justice for them."

During the trial at Basildon Crown Court, the jury heard that the attackers scouted out locations as they planned the attack in revenge for a fight earlier in the day in which Mr Dobbin, 44, had no involvement.

They ambushed a small group of Cambridge United supporters and during the violence Mr Dobbin was kicked and stamped on repeatedly. His brain injuries were so severe he spent almost a year in hospital and is now unable to walk or talk.

12 of the group are due to be sentenced on Monday.