HGV driver Leo Lowe was attacked by a group of men and women in Lyndhurst Road in Highams Park last year

Leo Lowe was viciously attacked by a group in Highams Park

Leo Lowe was viciously attacked by a group in Highams Park

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A HGV driver assaulted with a dog chain and metal pole has said he is disappointed by the sentences handed to his attackers. 

Kier employee Leo Lowe suffered swelling to right side of his face and bruising along his jaw following the prolonged assault on April 19 last year in Lyndhurst Road, Highams Park.

The 43 year-old, from Thamesmead, was attacked as he sat behind the wheel of the refuse truck by Chevanease Clark, 19, and Aaron Byron, 29, of Kinsfaun Road in Ilford, and Ramael Laird, 25, of Kingthornes Road in Ilford.

The three previously denied assaulting Mr Lowe, but at the start of their trial on May 19 at Stratford Magistrates Court, Bryon pleaded guilty to assault by beating and using threatening and abusive language with intent to cause fear.

Clark and Laird admitted using threatening language with intent to cause fear and were found guilty of assault by beating the following day. 

Mr Lowe said he was spat at and punched by Clark, struck with a metal pole by Laird and punched repeatedly by Byron who had wrapped a metal dog chain around the fist.

At Thames Magistrates Court yesterday, Bryon was jailed for 22 weeks and Clarke for 16 weeks in a youth offenders prison.

Laird was cleared of assault by beating but jailed for 18 weeks for threatening Mr Lowe.

"I am very disappointed this is all they got but I'm glad they were apprehended and have been convicted.

"They were intent on hurting me and I had to fend for myself as one of my co-workers had run off down the street and the other one stood next to the truck in shock.

"I was fighting for my life and it if weren't for my martial arts training, they could have over-powered me. 

"There was a sea of people who had heard the commotion and come out of their houses. I could have died in front of all those witnesses," said Mr Lowe.

The attack lasting eight minutes had started after Byron had double parked along the road and Mr Lowe decided to edge past his Vauxhall Astra. 

A 17-year-old girl involved in the attack suffered a broken pelvis after the truck careered into a row of parked cars.

And Mr Lowe said he was disappointed that some of the people who took part in the attack have not been traced.

"There was a man with a knife trying to get into the truck and I was not waiting to be stabbed to death, so I put the truck in gear and drove off as Aaron had hold of the steering wheel," he added. 

The married father-of-four suffered flashbacks following the assault and returned to work two months later. He only started working for Kier again on May 21.

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3:52pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

They are ridiculously lean sentences in light of the nature of the attacks, on a man working for a living. Bet the crooks have never worked in their life.

Wrong ones win again.
They are ridiculously lean sentences in light of the nature of the attacks, on a man working for a living. Bet the crooks have never worked in their life. Wrong ones win again. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 26

5:01pm Wed 11 Jun 14

jonny mash says...

Double parking - ie obstructing a public highway is also a violation of the highway code so shirley a driving ban is warranted too? I imagine the scene was something like this - www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=7fi0V-oCwvY
Double parking - ie obstructing a public highway is also a violation of the highway code so shirley a driving ban is warranted too? I imagine the scene was something like this - www.youtube.com/watc h?v=7fi0V-oCwvY jonny mash
  • Score: -20

10:00am Thu 12 Jun 14

bosco1 says...

jonny mash wrote:
Double parking - ie obstructing a public highway is also a violation of the highway code so shirley a driving ban is warranted too? I imagine the scene was something like this - www.youtube.com/watc

h?v=7fi0V-oCwvY
Double parking may be an inconveniance to others, but normaly these people are going about there everyday jobs.They are working people.Same as motorway lane closures you dont go into "Closed lanes" just because there is a traffic jam.!
[quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: Double parking - ie obstructing a public highway is also a violation of the highway code so shirley a driving ban is warranted too? I imagine the scene was something like this - www.youtube.com/watc h?v=7fi0V-oCwvY[/p][/quote]Double parking may be an inconveniance to others, but normaly these people are going about there everyday jobs.They are working people.Same as motorway lane closures you dont go into "Closed lanes" just because there is a traffic jam.! bosco1
  • Score: 6

10:43am Thu 12 Jun 14

ViewpointE4 says...

Pathetic sentences.

This is not justice for the victim of a brutal attack.

The admittance of guilt on the start day of the trial was purely a ploy to get a reduced sentence. If there was any remorse they would have admitted their crime a year ago after the incident took place. But no, Mr Lowe was left to suffer the psychological trauma and stress right up until the last minute.

And then a judge hands out sentences of only up to 5 months. They'll be out on the streets in a few months time receiving their benefits and being a danger and a drain on society funded by the taxpayer (including the victim himself).
Pathetic sentences. This is not justice for the victim of a brutal attack. The admittance of guilt on the start day of the trial was purely a ploy to get a reduced sentence. If there was any remorse they would have admitted their crime a year ago after the incident took place. But no, Mr Lowe was left to suffer the psychological trauma and stress right up until the last minute. And then a judge hands out sentences of only up to 5 months. They'll be out on the streets in a few months time receiving their benefits and being a danger and a drain on society funded by the taxpayer (including the victim himself). ViewpointE4
  • Score: 9

11:02am Thu 12 Jun 14

jonny mash says...

bosco1 wrote:
jonny mash wrote: Double parking - ie obstructing a public highway is also a violation of the highway code so shirley a driving ban is warranted too? I imagine the scene was something like this - www.youtube.com/watc h?v=7fi0V-oCwvY
Double parking may be an inconveniance to others, but normaly these people are going about there everyday jobs.They are working people.Same as motorway lane closures you dont go into "Closed lanes" just because there is a traffic jam.!
The people who carried out the attack were double parked which caused the refuse lorry to have to try and squeeze past, no blame at all should be put on Mr Lowe as he was just trying to do his job and make sure that the rubbish was collected on time. If the people had just found a free space further down the road or round the corner this whole incident would have been avoided.
[quote][p][bold]bosco1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jonny mash[/bold] wrote: Double parking - ie obstructing a public highway is also a violation of the highway code so shirley a driving ban is warranted too? I imagine the scene was something like this - www.youtube.com/watc h?v=7fi0V-oCwvY[/p][/quote]Double parking may be an inconveniance to others, but normaly these people are going about there everyday jobs.They are working people.Same as motorway lane closures you dont go into "Closed lanes" just because there is a traffic jam.![/p][/quote]The people who carried out the attack were double parked which caused the refuse lorry to have to try and squeeze past, no blame at all should be put on Mr Lowe as he was just trying to do his job and make sure that the rubbish was collected on time. If the people had just found a free space further down the road or round the corner this whole incident would have been avoided. jonny mash
  • Score: 6

1:34pm Thu 12 Jun 14

G_Whiz says...

Ah, nothing like a deterrent eh! Perhaps this judge just wanted to take the soft on crime Liberal approach - in the hope that one day it just might work!

Pathetic!
Ah, nothing like a deterrent eh! Perhaps this judge just wanted to take the soft on crime Liberal approach - in the hope that one day it just might work! Pathetic! G_Whiz
  • Score: -2

3:44pm Thu 12 Jun 14

hilda_biffals says...

Please sir some honesty...your co workers did not run off in fear or stand by in shock, they distanced themselves from you because of your behaviour in that your pride dictated that you were going to get along the road regardless of anything. You were in a big van and you thought you were king of the road.There was a child in the car and you were made aware of that but still you plodded on causing injuries. On now you're playing the traumatised victim...its just a shame nobody thought to video YOU + YOUR ACTIONS...would have been a whole different outcome wouldn't it??!!
Please sir some honesty...your co workers did not run off in fear or stand by in shock, they distanced themselves from you because of your behaviour in that your pride dictated that you were going to get along the road regardless of anything. You were in a big van and you thought you were king of the road.There was a child in the car and you were made aware of that but still you plodded on causing injuries. On now you're playing the traumatised victim...its just a shame nobody thought to video YOU + YOUR ACTIONS...would have been a whole different outcome wouldn't it??!! hilda_biffals
  • Score: -2

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