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Thursday, 21 January 2016

Farnham Road "mugger" jailed

Victim's multiple fractures required specialist hospital treatment

Photographs: Paul Janik & Thames Valley Police.

A vicious "mugger", who savagely beat-up his victim, was sentenced to 20 months jail. Police dropped the robbery charge despite the victim losing his mobile phone and cash.

On Friday 11 December 2015, circa 23:30, the 20 year old victim telephoned the police saying he had been assaulted.

Police went to the Texaco petrol station in Farnham Road, at the Cumberland Avenue roundabout, where they found the badly beaten victim bleeding from his mouth and from his nose.

An ambulance rushed the victim to Wexham Park Hospital where doctors discovered he had multiple fractures on both sides of his face. The injuries were too serious for Wexham Park to treat. The victim was then transferred to a specialist unit at the Northwick Park Hospital in the London Borough of Brent.

Police investigators discovered that Farnham Road (north end) resident 21 year old Mickel Yanni had assaulted the victim an hour earlier in a Farnham Road shop. Mr Yanni had twice punched, with considerable force, the victim in his face. Police believed it was a vicious mugging assault.

Despite the victim loosing his mobile phone and his cash as a result of the totally unprovoked assault, the Crown Prosecution Service told police to drop the robbery charge because they thought there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.

At Reading Crown Court, Mr Yanni pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and was given a 20 months prison sentence.

Afterwards Det. Sgt. Lorna Fox said:

I am pleased with the sentence. It reflects the seriousness of Yanni's actions on that night.