Plaistow family guilty of beating men with axe and wheelbarrow

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THREE family members from Plaistow have been found guilty of assault after beating two men with a baseball bat, an axe handle and a wheelbarrow.

Gary Stevens Senior, 46, and Kim Stevens, 47, both of Plaistow Road, Dunsfold, were found guilty of GBH with intent and ABH.

Their son, Gary Stevens Junior, 19, of the same address, was found guilty of GBH and ABH.

The jury found them guilty after a two-and-a-half week trial at Hove Crown Court on October 15.

On May 27, 2012, the two victims – a 26-year-old man and a 52-year-old man – were attacked in the driveway of their home on Loxwood Road, in Alfold Bars.

A police spokesman said: “At 10pm the Stevens’ arrived at the address and the victims suffered a sustained attack by being repeatedly punched and assaulted with a baseball bat, an axe handle and a wheelbarrow.”

Detective constable Jon Berisford, who led the investigation said: “There was an incident between two members of the families involved, who are all known to each other, in Cranleigh earlier that evening.

“The victims received multiple fractures to their faces and injuries to their arms as they tried to defend themselves. Both victims were hospitalised, the victim of the GBH for four days.

“He sustained lasting damage to his eye-socket as a result.

“Five people were arrested in July, 2012, and they stood trial in June, 2013.

“When the trial collapsed, a retrial took place this month at Hove Crown Court.”

Sam Smith and Tony Smith were both acquitted on counts of ABH and GBH.

The Stevens are due to be sentenced on November 13.