Brighton brawl thug who left man fighting for his life jailed for nine months

The Argus: Bognor thug who left man fighting for his life jailed for nine months Bognor thug who left man fighting for his life jailed for nine months

A man who left a 21- year-old fighting for his life after punching him on the back of the head has been jailed for nine months.

Ryan Geall was put into a medically induced coma after unemployed Nathan Mhuto, 24, left him with a bleed on his brain.

It happened during a fight between two groups of friends outside Lola Lo’s nightclub in East Street, Brighton, at 3.30am on December 28 last year.

Police yesterday said his sentence reflected the “seriousness” of the assault and would allow the Lancing man to move on with his life.

Detective Constable Sophie Tullett, who led the case, said: “This was a thorough investigation and thankfully Ryan has made a full recovery – amazing after it was thought he might not survive.

“We worked hard to bring Mhuto to justice for his part in Ryan’s injuries.

A custodial sentence reflects the seriousness of the assault and Ryan can now begin to move on with his life.”

Mr Geall had been out with a group of friends when a fight broke out with Mhuto’s group. Punches were thrown with Mhuto catching Mr Geall.

The victim walked away from the scene only to collapse on the seafront just minutes later.

Paramedics rushed him to Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital before he was transferred to Hurstwood Park Hospital in Haywards Heath.

With a bleed on his brain, doctors induced him into a coma fearing he would die. However, he has since made a full recovery.

Mhuto was charged with causing grievous bodily harm but when his trial started in September he pleaded guilty to affray and common assault.

The court heard CCTV footage showed some of the fight with Mhuto punching Mr Geall. However, it was decided it was unclear whether he caused the full extent of the victim’s injury.

Mhuto, 24, of Outram Road, Bognor, was sentenced to nine months for the affray and three months for common assault, to run concurrent.

DC Tullett said: “Ryan has been through so much and is still having physiotherapy to build up his strength.

“We are pleased Mhuto has been jailed and justice has been served for Ryan and his family.”

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8:35am Tue 17 Dec 13

Joshiman says...

Do you mean 9 years and out in 4 or 9 months and out in 4 months?
Do you mean 9 years and out in 4 or 9 months and out in 4 months? Joshiman

10:41am Tue 17 Dec 13

qm says...

Concurrent sentencing is not concurrent with justice! I wonder how the concept would appeal to the local supermarket whereby I spend a quid on a loaf of bread on the basis that the rest of my trolley load is being paid for concurrently?
The only bright spot in the above article is that Ryan has made a full recovery!
Concurrent sentencing is not concurrent with justice! I wonder how the concept would appeal to the local supermarket whereby I spend a quid on a loaf of bread on the basis that the rest of my trolley load is being paid for concurrently? The only bright spot in the above article is that Ryan has made a full recovery! qm

10:43am Tue 17 Dec 13

tykemison says...

What a remarkable recovery by the youngman, which, sadly is where the good news ends.How dare they say this scumbags sentence is appropriate, it is anything but,they should have gone all out for an attempted manslaughter charge but bottled it and now this piece of filth will be back roaming the streets in no-time, shame on you sussex police.
What a remarkable recovery by the youngman, which, sadly is where the good news ends.How dare they say this scumbags sentence is appropriate, it is anything but,they should have gone all out for an attempted manslaughter charge but bottled it and now this piece of filth will be back roaming the streets in no-time, shame on you sussex police. tykemison

12:24pm Tue 17 Dec 13

bikerjimbo says...

tykemison wrote:
What a remarkable recovery by the youngman, which, sadly is where the good news ends.How dare they say this scumbags sentence is appropriate, it is anything but,they should have gone all out for an attempted manslaughter charge but bottled it and now this piece of filth will be back roaming the streets in no-time, shame on you sussex police.
The penalty imposed has nothing to do with Sussex Police. I therefore don't understand your comment. I agree that the sentence does not reflect the crime but the Judge would have taken the defendants past history into account and I wonder whether a form of plea bargain was adopted. I do not agree that the sentence is right and perhaps the officers comments seem odd but we are only being given the briefest facts about this case.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: What a remarkable recovery by the youngman, which, sadly is where the good news ends.How dare they say this scumbags sentence is appropriate, it is anything but,they should have gone all out for an attempted manslaughter charge but bottled it and now this piece of filth will be back roaming the streets in no-time, shame on you sussex police.[/p][/quote]The penalty imposed has nothing to do with Sussex Police. I therefore don't understand your comment. I agree that the sentence does not reflect the crime but the Judge would have taken the defendants past history into account and I wonder whether a form of plea bargain was adopted. I do not agree that the sentence is right and perhaps the officers comments seem odd but we are only being given the briefest facts about this case. bikerjimbo

6:00pm Tue 17 Dec 13

ironlady says...

tykemison wrote:
What a remarkable recovery by the youngman, which, sadly is where the good news ends.How dare they say this scumbags sentence is appropriate, it is anything but,they should have gone all out for an attempted manslaughter charge but bottled it and now this piece of filth will be back roaming the streets in no-time, shame on you sussex police.
Erm, it's not Sussex Police that pass sentences, it's the magistrates, so shame on you for not having your facts straight before commenting.....
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: What a remarkable recovery by the youngman, which, sadly is where the good news ends.How dare they say this scumbags sentence is appropriate, it is anything but,they should have gone all out for an attempted manslaughter charge but bottled it and now this piece of filth will be back roaming the streets in no-time, shame on you sussex police.[/p][/quote]Erm, it's not Sussex Police that pass sentences, it's the magistrates, so shame on you for not having your facts straight before commenting..... ironlady

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