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Man sentenced to prison for GBH – Reading

News   •   Jan 08, 2019 13:51 GMT

Following a Thames Valley Police investigation, a man has been sentenced to prison for a GBH incident in Reading.

David Francis, aged 37, of Highmead Close, Reading, was convicted of one count of GBH at Reading Crown Court on Friday (4/1) following a two day trial.

He was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment on the same day.

At around midday on 20 November last year, Francis was walking with the victim, a man aged 40, on Broad Street Mall in Reading.

They had a disagreement which resulted in Francis throwing the victim to the ground and then stamping on his head, causing a fractured eye socket and nerve damage.

The victim was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital and has since been discharged.

Francis was charged on 27 November.

Officer in the case, Detective Constable Chris Davies, of Local CID at Reading station, said: “This was a vicious assault on an innocent man who was left with significant injuries as a result.

“Thames Valley Police will always investigate reports such as this extremely seriously, and work hard to bring offenders to justice.

“We hope that this sentence reflects the seriousness of these types of crimes.

“I would like to pay tribute to the victim in this case for his bravery and courage in assisting us throughout the entire investigation.”