Gang sentenced to 61 years after "vicious" attack left man without his arms and legs

Dominic Brookes, Jeramiah Reynolds, Patrick Brookes and Trey Johnson.

Dominic Brookes, Jeramiah Reynolds, Patrick Brookes and Trey Johnson.

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A GANG of four men have been sentenced for a total of 61 years after being found guilty of a stabbing a man who lost his arms and legs due to his injuries in a “vicious” attack.

The victim, Ernest Moyo, known as Joe, was attacked as he left a party in Pavilion Road, Worthing, on August 11 2012.

The then 25-year-old had been at the party and after an altercation with another group, he left. Later he returned with friends and there was a fight with the four men.

He was stabbed three times, once in the thigh and twice in stomach and was left in the road fighting for his life in hospital.

The wounds became infected, endangering his vital organs, and the decision was taken by doctors to amputate his arms and legs.

The four men, who appeared in Hove Crown Court yesterday, were all charged with GBH with intent.

Patrick Brookes, 27, unemployed from Clifton Road, Worthing, Jeremiah Reynolds, 26, unemployed from Ascham End, North London were found guilty on March 11 after a three week retrial at Hove Crown Court. Brookes was jailed for 16 years and Reynolds was sentenced to 15 years.

Dominic Brookes, 19, a student from Bramble Close, Croydon, and 18-year-old Trey Johnson from Victoria Road, Worthing, who were charged with GBH with intent were found guilty at Hove Crown Court in August. Brookes was sentenced to 15 years and Johnson was also sentenced to 15 years.

Mr Moyo’s fiancé Amy said: "For two to three months every day both our families visited him hoping and praying, before finally he was taken off the life support.

“Joe and myself will have to deal with his injuries everyday for the rest of our lives as we make a future together, making our lives totally different from what they would have been.

"We would all like to thank all the nurses, doctors and surgeons at the hospitals for all their care and support that they gave to Joe. We would also like to thank Sussex Police especially DCs Tony Taylor and Laura Sinden and PC Vicky Bailey for all of their hard work and support.

"We are relieved that four people have now been held accountable for their actions and will now face many years in prison.

Patrick Brookes was arrested on the night, along with another man who was later released without charge, and then charged with GBH with intent the following day. Nine days later, Reynolds, Dominic Brookes and Johnson, who was 16 at the time, were arrested and charged also with GBH with intent on 22 August.

After the case Detective Constable Laura Sinden said: "I have been with Joe and his family throughout the investigation and the trial and pleased for them that these four people have been brought to justice.

 

“Each of the men have received significant sentences for their involvement in what happened that night.

“The attack happened after a row about a mobile phone and escalated into a young man almost losing his life.

“The injuries Joe sustained from the stab wounds have meant he had to have his limbs amputated and therefore the consequences of that night will be with him for the rest of his life.

"This was a vicious attack that left Joe fighting for his life in the middle of the road. We have worked hard, and with the support of Joe's family, to bring these men to justice."

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4:53pm Mon 16 Jun 14

tykemison says...

What a sad state of affairs, 5 young lives ruined over a mobile:-( madness.best wishes to joe, what an evil, mindless act he suffered.
What a sad state of affairs, 5 young lives ruined over a mobile:-( madness.best wishes to joe, what an evil, mindless act he suffered. tykemison
  • Score: 40

5:03pm Mon 16 Jun 14

PorkyChopper says...

I've got a concrete block where my heart should be, but this young man's story genuinely makes me upset. The worst thing is, the perpetrators probably will never even show any remorse for it. Just look at their faces.
I've got a concrete block where my heart should be, but this young man's story genuinely makes me upset. The worst thing is, the perpetrators probably will never even show any remorse for it. Just look at their faces. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 52

5:38pm Mon 16 Jun 14

hoveguyactually says...

They should all have been given life sentences for such a vicious crime. Once again our judiciary has been shown to be utterly feeble,
They should all have been given life sentences for such a vicious crime. Once again our judiciary has been shown to be utterly feeble, hoveguyactually
  • Score: 65

6:45pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Withdean-er says...

Good work Sussex Police, and whichever Government raised sentences for this sort of thing. Not so long ago, only murder or attempted murder would have achieved these sentences. It won't help the poor victim, but its some justice that the liberty and lives of these 4 cowardly scumbags have been destroyed for many years to come at their prime and they will never get that back.
Good work Sussex Police, and whichever Government raised sentences for this sort of thing. Not so long ago, only murder or attempted murder would have achieved these sentences. It won't help the poor victim, but its some justice that the liberty and lives of these 4 cowardly scumbags have been destroyed for many years to come at their prime and they will never get that back. Withdean-er
  • Score: 23

7:42pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Alan G Skinner says...

Two unemployed, a "Student" and one they didn't categorise. What pathetic excuses for Human beings. What kind of brain dead morons behave like this?
Two unemployed, a "Student" and one they didn't categorise. What pathetic excuses for Human beings. What kind of brain dead morons behave like this? Alan G Skinner
  • Score: 21

8:32pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Brightonlad86 says...

tykemison wrote:
What a sad state of affairs, 5 young lives ruined over a mobile:-( madness.best wishes to joe, what an evil, mindless act he suffered.
I don't know the background of any if these people, the victim or the offenders, but to return to a party after an argument with friends does suggest he was looking to continue the arguement. Personally I would be quite happy for these people to tear lumps from each other if they do it away the inocent public and put away the weapons.

Having said that, I believe sentences for incidents like this need to reflect the serious effects it has had on the victim. These people could be out walking the streets again in 7/8 years time. The victim will have to live with the effects of the crime for the rest of his life.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: What a sad state of affairs, 5 young lives ruined over a mobile:-( madness.best wishes to joe, what an evil, mindless act he suffered.[/p][/quote]I don't know the background of any if these people, the victim or the offenders, but to return to a party after an argument with friends does suggest he was looking to continue the arguement. Personally I would be quite happy for these people to tear lumps from each other if they do it away the inocent public and put away the weapons. Having said that, I believe sentences for incidents like this need to reflect the serious effects it has had on the victim. These people could be out walking the streets again in 7/8 years time. The victim will have to live with the effects of the crime for the rest of his life. Brightonlad86
  • Score: 16

9:23am Tue 17 Jun 14

PorkyChopper says...

Gary1965 wrote:
Biowhite wrote:
Look at yourself and family background before you raise race. Gary1965 I hope your mindset stays in the sewer
I see that you don't like facts.

Poor you.
They are known as "hatefacts". Inconvenient facts that show the failed multi-culti experiment for what it is. Namely, some cultures and races are totally incompatible with British culture.
[quote][p][bold]Gary1965[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Biowhite[/bold] wrote: Look at yourself and family background before you raise race. Gary1965 I hope your mindset stays in the sewer[/p][/quote]I see that you don't like facts. Poor you.[/p][/quote]They are known as "hatefacts". Inconvenient facts that show the failed multi-culti experiment for what it is. Namely, some cultures and races are totally incompatible with British culture. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 7

11:04am Tue 17 Jun 14

Stoneham Park says...

Is this the same Ernest Moyo who 'held up' Barclays in Worthing with a BB gun in 2005?
Is this the same Ernest Moyo who 'held up' Barclays in Worthing with a BB gun in 2005? Stoneham Park
  • Score: 12

11:30am Tue 17 Jun 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

If this article is correct the victim WENT BACK WITH FRIENDS to continue the argument - that speaks volumes to me. The article says it was all over a mobile phone - so was the victim's phone stolen or what?

I do wish the full story was given as it should be - that is good reporting. This story is disgracefully written up.
If this article is correct the victim WENT BACK WITH FRIENDS to continue the argument - that speaks volumes to me. The article says it was all over a mobile phone - so was the victim's phone stolen or what? I do wish the full story was given as it should be - that is good reporting. This story is disgracefully written up. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 4

12:03pm Tue 17 Jun 14

firemanste says...

Stoneham Park wrote:
Is this the same Ernest Moyo who 'held up' Barclays in Worthing with a BB gun in 2005?
your memory is correct
[quote][p][bold]Stoneham Park[/bold] wrote: Is this the same Ernest Moyo who 'held up' Barclays in Worthing with a BB gun in 2005?[/p][/quote]your memory is correct firemanste
  • Score: 13

12:56pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Copwatch says...

@Stonham Park. On the nail ! Yes the same man who robbed a betting shop also. A far from sociable creature who was permanently drunk and aggressive being thrown out of college for the same and even thrown out of his family home for behaviour. Whilst what happened to him was horrific, he is far from the innocent victim portrayed in the press. Clean hands he did not have !! In fact an unpleasant little man. He was asked to leave the party when it became obvious he and his friends were upsetting the invited guests and yes one of his cronies robbed an iphone and refused to return it when caught. Moyo returned with the sole intention of creating trouble because his ego had been deflated at being ejected from the party. Furthermore one of the boys at the party and subsequently convicted was sleeping with his girlfriend. Yes the 'loyal' one ! I have no doubt it was only fate that saw Moyo stabbed and it could so easily have been him who did the stabbing. This story has indeed been poorly reported and there are serious issues with the judge who made some very un- pc comments which I can't report here because appeals are under way. Sentences manifestly excessive, in fact quite grotesque.
@Stonham Park. On the nail ! Yes the same man who robbed a betting shop also. A far from sociable creature who was permanently drunk and aggressive being thrown out of college for the same and even thrown out of his family home for behaviour. Whilst what happened to him was horrific, he is far from the innocent victim portrayed in the press. Clean hands he did not have !! In fact an unpleasant little man. He was asked to leave the party when it became obvious he and his friends were upsetting the invited guests and yes one of his cronies robbed an iphone and refused to return it when caught. Moyo returned with the sole intention of creating trouble because his ego had been deflated at being ejected from the party. Furthermore one of the boys at the party and subsequently convicted was sleeping with his girlfriend. Yes the 'loyal' one ! I have no doubt it was only fate that saw Moyo stabbed and it could so easily have been him who did the stabbing. This story has indeed been poorly reported and there are serious issues with the judge who made some very un- pc comments which I can't report here because appeals are under way. Sentences manifestly excessive, in fact quite grotesque. Copwatch
  • Score: 15

1:16pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Stoneham Park says...

Copwatch wrote:
@Stonham Park. On the nail ! Yes the same man who robbed a betting shop also. A far from sociable creature who was permanently drunk and aggressive being thrown out of college for the same and even thrown out of his family home for behaviour. Whilst what happened to him was horrific, he is far from the innocent victim portrayed in the press. Clean hands he did not have !! In fact an unpleasant little man. He was asked to leave the party when it became obvious he and his friends were upsetting the invited guests and yes one of his cronies robbed an iphone and refused to return it when caught. Moyo returned with the sole intention of creating trouble because his ego had been deflated at being ejected from the party. Furthermore one of the boys at the party and subsequently convicted was sleeping with his girlfriend. Yes the 'loyal' one ! I have no doubt it was only fate that saw Moyo stabbed and it could so easily have been him who did the stabbing. This story has indeed been poorly reported and there are serious issues with the judge who made some very un- pc comments which I can't report here because appeals are under way. Sentences manifestly excessive, in fact quite grotesque.
Regardless of the character of any party, the end result is awful.
In a nut-shell, two 'rival' groups go at each other over a stolen iPhone and one member (Moyo) comes off worst.
Argus slant: 'Innocent man stabbed at party due to stolen iPhone'. Accurate Story: 'rival groups fight at party results in near-fatal injury - Injured party known in Worthing for violent offences'.
[quote][p][bold]Copwatch[/bold] wrote: @Stonham Park. On the nail ! Yes the same man who robbed a betting shop also. A far from sociable creature who was permanently drunk and aggressive being thrown out of college for the same and even thrown out of his family home for behaviour. Whilst what happened to him was horrific, he is far from the innocent victim portrayed in the press. Clean hands he did not have !! In fact an unpleasant little man. He was asked to leave the party when it became obvious he and his friends were upsetting the invited guests and yes one of his cronies robbed an iphone and refused to return it when caught. Moyo returned with the sole intention of creating trouble because his ego had been deflated at being ejected from the party. Furthermore one of the boys at the party and subsequently convicted was sleeping with his girlfriend. Yes the 'loyal' one ! I have no doubt it was only fate that saw Moyo stabbed and it could so easily have been him who did the stabbing. This story has indeed been poorly reported and there are serious issues with the judge who made some very un- pc comments which I can't report here because appeals are under way. Sentences manifestly excessive, in fact quite grotesque.[/p][/quote]Regardless of the character of any party, the end result is awful. In a nut-shell, two 'rival' groups go at each other over a stolen iPhone and one member (Moyo) comes off worst. Argus slant: 'Innocent man stabbed at party due to stolen iPhone'. Accurate Story: 'rival groups fight at party results in near-fatal injury - Injured party known in Worthing for violent offences'. Stoneham Park
  • Score: 16

1:39pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Copwatch says...

The comments about how the convicted four look are at best odd ! These are four fairly ordinary young men. All this GANG talk is so typical. It's alwyas a group of white boys and a gang of black boys eh ! Here's the truth. They are friends and two of them brothers. Gang doesn't come into it. Furthermore they are from good families. The brothers and Trey have lovely mothers and this booze and testosterone fueled incident has destroyed not just the life of the 'victim' but also the lives of the families of the boys convicted. Don't jump to conclusions guys and lets be slightly more intelligent with observations than " Just look at their faces" which I suspect translates to "just look at them they're black". All of them a ain in the arse from time to time such are young men but all of these boys are actually very 'kid next door' and perfectly decent really.
The comments about how the convicted four look are at best odd ! These are four fairly ordinary young men. All this GANG talk is so typical. It's alwyas a group of white boys and a gang of black boys eh ! Here's the truth. They are friends and two of them brothers. Gang doesn't come into it. Furthermore they are from good families. The brothers and Trey have lovely mothers and this booze and testosterone fueled incident has destroyed not just the life of the 'victim' but also the lives of the families of the boys convicted. Don't jump to conclusions guys and lets be slightly more intelligent with observations than " Just look at their faces" which I suspect translates to "just look at them they're black". All of them a ain in the arse from time to time such are young men but all of these boys are actually very 'kid next door' and perfectly decent really. Copwatch
  • Score: -12

1:44pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Stoneham Park says...

Copwatch wrote:
The comments about how the convicted four look are at best odd ! These are four fairly ordinary young men. All this GANG talk is so typical. It's alwyas a group of white boys and a gang of black boys eh ! Here's the truth. They are friends and two of them brothers. Gang doesn't come into it. Furthermore they are from good families. The brothers and Trey have lovely mothers and this booze and testosterone fueled incident has destroyed not just the life of the 'victim' but also the lives of the families of the boys convicted. Don't jump to conclusions guys and lets be slightly more intelligent with observations than " Just look at their faces" which I suspect translates to "just look at them they're black". All of them a ain in the arse from time to time such are young men but all of these boys are actually very 'kid next door' and perfectly decent really.
'Four fairly ordinary young men'. 'Perfectly decent really'. 'Kid next door'. Attempted murder/ABH. Are you special?
[quote][p][bold]Copwatch[/bold] wrote: The comments about how the convicted four look are at best odd ! These are four fairly ordinary young men. All this GANG talk is so typical. It's alwyas a group of white boys and a gang of black boys eh ! Here's the truth. They are friends and two of them brothers. Gang doesn't come into it. Furthermore they are from good families. The brothers and Trey have lovely mothers and this booze and testosterone fueled incident has destroyed not just the life of the 'victim' but also the lives of the families of the boys convicted. Don't jump to conclusions guys and lets be slightly more intelligent with observations than " Just look at their faces" which I suspect translates to "just look at them they're black". All of them a ain in the arse from time to time such are young men but all of these boys are actually very 'kid next door' and perfectly decent really.[/p][/quote]'Four fairly ordinary young men'. 'Perfectly decent really'. 'Kid next door'. Attempted murder/ABH. Are you special? Stoneham Park
  • Score: 14

4:00pm Tue 17 Jun 14

spa301 says...

I've got a much better grasp of the circumstances of this incident, and the background of all involved, from the comments than I could possibly have got from the so called journalist's story.
No surprise there then.
Saying that, some of the comments are so full of hate from the usual keyboard warriors that they're 'almost' laughable.
I've got a much better grasp of the circumstances of this incident, and the background of all involved, from the comments than I could possibly have got from the so called journalist's story. No surprise there then. Saying that, some of the comments are so full of hate from the usual keyboard warriors that they're 'almost' laughable. spa301
  • Score: 3

5:28pm Tue 17 Jun 14

spa301 says...

ZeeGee..ffs wrote:
spa301 wrote:
I've got a much better grasp of the circumstances of this incident, and the background of all involved, from the comments than I could possibly have got from the so called journalist's story.
No surprise there then.
Saying that, some of the comments are so full of hate from the usual keyboard warriors that they're 'almost' laughable.
So people aren't allowed to express hatred towards thugs?
you express your hatred and I'll laugh.............th
ere, we're both happy now.
[quote][p][bold]ZeeGee..ffs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]spa301[/bold] wrote: I've got a much better grasp of the circumstances of this incident, and the background of all involved, from the comments than I could possibly have got from the so called journalist's story. No surprise there then. Saying that, some of the comments are so full of hate from the usual keyboard warriors that they're 'almost' laughable.[/p][/quote]So people aren't allowed to express hatred towards thugs?[/p][/quote]you express your hatred and I'll laugh.............th ere, we're both happy now. spa301
  • Score: 0

5:34pm Tue 17 Jun 14

NathanAdler says...

Seriously, did the man who lost his limbs really hold up a bank with a moody gun?
Seriously, did the man who lost his limbs really hold up a bank with a moody gun? NathanAdler
  • Score: 3

8:22pm Tue 17 Jun 14

biggles68 says...

More wannabe gangsta`s rotting in jail.GOOD.Lets see how f-----g hard you are now,Wan---s
More wannabe gangsta`s rotting in jail.GOOD.Lets see how f-----g hard you are now,Wan---s biggles68
  • Score: 3

2:29pm Wed 18 Jun 14

yaddab says...

NathanAdler wrote:
Seriously, did the man who lost his limbs really hold up a bank with a moody gun?
Not quite but close, then got hit over the head with an iron bar the next day

http://www.worthingh
erald.co.uk/news/loc
al/this-fool-fired-a
-gun-in-a-bank-1-233
334

IF that is him of course, age and location fit though
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: Seriously, did the man who lost his limbs really hold up a bank with a moody gun?[/p][/quote]Not quite but close, then got hit over the head with an iron bar the next day http://www.worthingh erald.co.uk/news/loc al/this-fool-fired-a -gun-in-a-bank-1-233 334 IF that is him of course, age and location fit though yaddab
  • Score: 0

5:35pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Charlotte L says...

I'm shocked, I thought Worthing was a nice place, I didn't realise there were these sorts of people in Worthing & surrounding areas.
I'm shocked, I thought Worthing was a nice place, I didn't realise there were these sorts of people in Worthing & surrounding areas. Charlotte L
  • Score: 0

6:17am Thu 19 Jun 14

John Steed says...

charlotte sorry to disappoint you., these sort of scum and plenty like them come and go from worthing, Drugs is the principle reason, they sell them. copwatch seems to know much about the moyo family, it was my misfortune to be involved with them back as far as 2006 probally earlier in the case of the father , well before to barclays plastic BB gun incident (which was not a robbery attempt) and before these brothers were on the receiving end of a particularly nasty beating near the seafront bowl. there is not a good word to be said about this family or the two lazy mouthy sons in particular, one wonders why they are even allowed to stay in the country and not returned to zimbabwe, no doubt when the criminal injuries compensation comes through he will return to the treasury a sum equvalent to that recieved in social security payments since arriving in this country. the argus report might have been more illuminating if it had mentioned previous convictions relevant to the convicted
charlotte sorry to disappoint you., these sort of scum and plenty like them come and go from worthing, Drugs is the principle reason, they sell them. copwatch seems to know much about the moyo family, it was my misfortune to be involved with them back as far as 2006 probally earlier in the case of the father , well before to barclays plastic BB gun incident (which was not a robbery attempt) and before these brothers were on the receiving end of a particularly nasty beating near the seafront bowl. there is not a good word to be said about this family or the two lazy mouthy sons in particular, one wonders why they are even allowed to stay in the country and not returned to zimbabwe, no doubt when the criminal injuries compensation comes through he will return to the treasury a sum equvalent to that recieved in social security payments since arriving in this country. the argus report might have been more illuminating if it had mentioned previous convictions relevant to the convicted John Steed
  • Score: 1

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