Men sentenced for pouring boiling water over the man they robbed


Two men, Gary West and Anthony Derby were sentenced today to almost 30 years in total at Southampton Crown Court after a jury found them guilty of aggravated burglary, conspiracy to rob, causing grievous bodily harm with intent, conspiracy to rob, and perverting the course of public justice. A third male, Matthew Collins, was sentenced for perverting the course of justice.

Following the sentence, Gavin Sumpter, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Gary West, 30, and Anthony Derby, 28, along with a third male who is yet to be apprehended by the police, travelled from Liverpool in a stolen car. They forced their way into Robert Warrens flat, at 15 Collier Close, Southampton, handcuffed him and assaulted him by striking him with a machete and rubber mallet and demanded money and the keys to his car.

"Mr Warren was asleep when the three males broke into his flat. In an effort to make him talk, they tortured him by pouring boiling water on his naked skin and ransacked his flat.

"Neighbours overheard Mr Warren's screams and called the police. On seeing police arriving at the scene the men made off.  

"The two defendants brutally attacked Mr Warren and then tried to pervert the course of public justice by offering £15,000 in exchange for him dropping the charges. Whilst on remand in Winchester prison, West and Derby met Matthew Collins. It was there they arranged for Mr Collins to visit Mr Warren and offer him the money in return for withdrawing his statement.

"This case demonstrates once again how the close work of Hampshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service results in putting dangerous criminals behind bars."

All three defendants were found guilty on April 24 at Southampton Crown Court, where the judge said they would face significant sentences.