Cricklewood man jailed for Hendon street attack

Billy Saunders punched victim unconscious and kicked him around the head

A Cricklewood thug who punched a man knocking him unconscious before repeatedly kicking him around his head has been jailed for four years.

Billy Saunders, 23, of Prayle Grove, attacked the 32-year-old and his friend, 28, following an argument in a Hendon pub over a game of pool.

Wood Green Crown Court heard Saunders was with brothers Christopher and Lee Hayes, 25 and 26 respectively, when they became embroiled in an argument with the two men.

The pair left the pub with three other friends and walked towards Hendon Central Tube station but the trio and their accomplices, some armed with bottles, followed and attacked the two men.

The 32-year-old victim was coshed over the head, punched and knocked unconscious before he was kicked repeatedly about the head.

The younger man sustained facial injuries during the attack.

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Saunders and the Hayes, who are from west Hendon, were convicted of Grievous Bodily Harm, Actual Bodily Harm and affray last week and were all sentenced today (Thursday).

All were given four years for GBH, one year for ABH and six month for affray. They will serve their sentences concurrently.

DC Yogini Patel, investigating officer, said: “Violent attacks like this are thankfully rare, but when the do happen they can be devastating for the victim and cause understandable public alarm.

“I hope the long sentences imposed will reassure residents that such assaults will not be tolerated.”