Pair jailed for assault in Rotherhithe bookmakers
Two men have been jailed for a betting shop beating involving a knife and a baseball bat.
James Sullivan, 58, of Acanthus Drive in Bermondsey, and Perry Young, 30 of Barkworth Road in Rotherhithe, carried out the vicious assault in the nearby William Hill bookmakers.
They had been involved in an ongoing feud with the victim. Witnesses said the pair entered the venue shouting and swearing back in May.
They chased the victim around the shop, throwing him against the door and causing it to crack.
He was then chased out of the betting shop and they beat him while he lay on the ground.
He was left with severe bruising and a puncture wound in his back that needed 14 stitches.
Sullivan and Young (left) were identified, charged and appeared at a six day trial at Inner London Crown Court. They were found guilty and each sentenced to two and a half years in prison for grievous bodily harm.
Detective Constable Marlon Guthrie, of Southwark CID, said: "I am pleased with the result and hope it acts as a deterrent to others. They gave little consideration to the frightened staff at the bookmakers and members of the public, who genuinely feared for their safety as Sullivan and Young violently assaulted the victim."