Jail for attackers of Southampton cyclist

Pair launched vicious assault leaving rider brain-damaged

by Mark Appleton   July 25, 2011  

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A man and a woman who launched an unprovoked, sustained and brutal attack on a cyclist in Southampton have been jailed, reports the Daily Echo.

The twenty four-year old victim, David Baker, was described in court as a timid, non-violent person who had simply been making his way home on June 8 of last year when he encountered a group of four people including Stephanie Hill, 19, from Thornill, Southampton, and John Smith, 27, from Botley on a narrow passageway near Southampton’s Central Bridge shortly before midnight.

High on drink and drugs the group knocked Mr Baker off his bike before Hill and Smith launched an attack in which the cyclist was  repeatedly punched and kicked and even had a bottle smashed over his head.

David required emergency brain surgery and remained in a coma for two weeks after the assault, described by the judge presiding over the trial of Hill and Smith as “cowardly and vicious.”

His life was irrevocably changed by the attack of which he has no memory. He said in statement: “I consider it is unlikely that I will ever be able to do full time work or ride a cycle again.

“I am unable to go shopping and my mother has to take me. My mother has effectively become my carer.

“The injuries have left me feeling like an old man. I feel very angry. I lost eight months of my life by being in hospital. I feel angry I have been left with a lifelong brain injury and my life will never be the same again. I find it humiliating to have to ask for help to do things which before I could normally do myself.”

Hill, a mother,  was jailed for four years for her part in the assault. Smith, who was the main aggressor, has previous convictions for violence and is considered a danger to the public. He received an indeterminate sentence but will serve at least four years in jail before his case can be considered by the Parole Board. He was said to have been on crack cocaine at the time of the incident.

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4 years! Which means out in 1.5 on "Good behaviour".

I suggest a 9mm to the brainstem for both of these inbred morons.

They have no place in this society. They have no place in any society.

posted by pzycoman [10 posts]
25th July 2011 - 14:16


I wouldn't consider wasting a perfectly good 9mm. A captive bolt would do the job more economically.

posted by RoyTheBoy [5 posts]
25th July 2011 - 15:18


The British justice system stinks...paricites of society should be treat as such and their miserable lifes exterminated...


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posted by chatty31 [79 posts]
25th July 2011 - 16:22

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My thoughts and attention are for David Baker, good luck David.


posted by tim9877 [44 posts]
25th July 2011 - 20:58


I won't waste my time on the people who committed this crime I agree the law does not go far enough in deterring the thugs in our society. My thoughts go out to David Baker. David don't give up on trying to do what you love-cycling. Get all the help you can and try and get your life back to doing some of the things you love.
My thoughts are with you.


posted by Jim Neville [9 posts]
25th July 2011 - 21:05

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This is a very sad case. The people who did the crime are scum but no penalty they receive will repair the damage they caused. While I understand why someone should think a 9mm bullet might be the answer to the offenders, it will not turn back the clock and is therefore ineffective. It does sound as if one of the attackers at least should stay under lock and key indefinitely.


posted by OldRidgeback [2586 posts]
25th July 2011 - 21:27

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whatever happened to life sentence ... oh yes our mostly dearpated "I have evidence of weapons of mass destriction" politicians instructed the legal system that it costs too much... there could be a positive twist - hard labour camps is the only way forward

roadie come mountain biker come single speeder and back again

posted by cborrman [84 posts]
26th July 2011 - 9:57


The 'indeterminate' part of the sentence means that Smith will server at least 4 years, no time off for good behaviour etc. and will then need to be re-sentenced after that time period.

Still not good enough imo, but certainly not getting out in 1.5 years either.

posted by 2Loose [35 posts]
26th July 2011 - 10:03


no, after the 4 years his release is determined by the parole board. if he is considered a risk he remains in custody. Simple. hopefully, barring any fundamental change in his character and habits prison is where he will remain for some time to come...


posted by bobinski [211 posts]
26th July 2011 - 10:57

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