A 48-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison after assaulting a man with a hammer leaving him hospitalised.
Simon Vaughan, formerly of Main Road, Asfordby Valley, was convicted of Section 18 wounding, intimidation and two counts of blackmail following two separate trials in July and August this year at Leicester Crown Court.
Vaughan (pictured) was sentenced on Friday (5 November) to life in prison for the Section 18 wounding and will need to serve a minimum of 16 years before he would be considered for parole. For the intimidation he got two years in prison and for the blackmail he was given seven years in prison, both of these sentences are to run concurrently.
Simon Vaughan was given a life sentence in court on Friday. Photo: Leicestershire Police.
The conviction relates to an incident in Bentley Street, Melton Mowbray in 2019 when Vaughan attacked his victim, 60, with a hammer.
At around 9.15am on 31 October the victim was approached by Vaughan who demanded money before assaulting him and leaving the scene.
A member of the public who witnessed the incident rushed to the victim’s aid and called the emergency services.
Officers were deployed to the area and from information received Vaughan was detained shortly afterwards in nearby New Street.
The victim sustained a significant head injury and injuries to his knees. He was taken to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre where he remained for four days before being discharged.
Sergeant Sam Bates who was investigating officer said: “This was a particularly nasty incident which took place in broad daylight and left a man seriously injured. I am pleased with the result which I hope will reassure and comfort the victim knowing that justice has been done.”
“I would like to thank the witnesses for their patience with the impact of COVID on the criminal justice system and I must commend their bravery in giving evidence in this case which involved a sustained violent attack.”
The judge also commended PC David Brown, PC Michael Sanders and PC Edward Marsh for their actions during the initial incident and the arrest of Vaughan.