Man jailed for car park beating - Hatfield

25/06/2014

A young man who was part of a group that inflicted a severe beating on another young man in a car park in Hatfield has been jailed for four years today, Wednesday, 25 June 2014.

Vitor Miranda was part of a gang of young men that attacked their victim outside The Forum night spot in the town.

Karem El Ghanoui was left unconscious by the kicking and punching he endured and didn't come to until he had been taken by ambulance to the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Today, Mr Miranda, aged 26, of Wingfield House, Tolgate Gardens, Kilburn in London, appeared at St Albans Crown Court for sentence having been found guilty earlier of wounding with intent on 10 March 2012.

The court heard the defendant was the only one of the gang convicted of the assault and mystery still surrounds why it was carried out. A doorman at The Forum that night had seen the defendant removing his jewellery and appearing "pumped up." The door man had tipped off colleagues to keep an eye on Miranda, but he next came to their attention in the car park at the back of the building.

The court heard he was part of a group that was in a semi circle as they kicked and punched at Mr El Ghanoui who was on the ground.

Passing sentence today, Judge Stephen Gullick told Miranda: "This was a group attack involving shod feet, which is an aggravating feature."

He said clearly the victim had been drinking as had the attackers and the motive was probably some sort of argument that had escalated into violence. But the Judge told Miranda that had his victim died in the attack he would have been found guilty of murder. "Fortunately for you he recovered," the judge told him.

He jailed Miranda for four years.

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