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Pistol-whip attackers caged

PUBLISHED: 13:04 10 June 2010 | UPDATED: 18:00 25 August 2010

TWO mindless thugs who left an epileptic teenager brain damaged following an unprovoked attack have been jailed.

TWO 'mindless' thugs who left an epileptic teenager brain damaged following an unprovoked attack have been jailed.

Michael Lafane, 18, was chatting with friends when a group of strangers, including Jordan Barclay (pictured) and Ryan Gouldthorp, both 18, surrounded and battered him to the ground, in High Street, Crayford.

Barclay, of Lincoln Close, Erith, used a fake gun to pistol-whip him repeatedly over the head as two others kicked and punched him.

Barclay and Gouldthorp, of Reed Court, Greenhithe, each denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and were convicted after a two-week trial.

Barclay further denied possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and was sentenced on Monday.

Judge David Martineau handed repeat offender Barclay a sentence of detention for public protection, ordering him to serve a minimum of three years before he can be considered for parole.

Gouldthorp received a determinate sentence of five years in a young offenders' institute, of which he will serve half.

The court heard that Mr Lafane was initially able to stand as the trio walked away, but suddenly collapsed convulsing on the pavement and was in intensive care for four days.

His epilepsy has since worsened.

He was unable to give evidence at Blackfriars Crown Court due to amnesia caused by the attack outside the Peking Chef takeaway on July 12 last year.

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