19 December 2012
CCTV footage released today captures a moment of violence in
Norwich city centre which left one man with life-changing injuries
and another facing an eight and a half years jail
Norfolk Police have released the 52-second video to raise
awareness of the consequences of drink-fuelled violence among men
in the city’s night-time economy.
After a night out drinking, 30-year-old Keiron Hayden used a
plank of wood to launch a brutal and unprovoked assault on another
man as he walked along Prince of Wales Road.
The attack left his 20 year old victim in intensive care for a
week and scarred for life – left partially deaf, with a visual
impairment and broken nose.
Hayden, of Court Farm Avenue, Epsom, Surrey, was today
jailed at Norwich Crown Court having pleaded guilty at the start of
his trial to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Sunday 3
Norwich Policing Commander Superintendent Paul Sanford said the
sentence should serve as a warning for people who visit the city
that violence will not be tolerated in the night time economy.
“Sadly this case demonstrates the extreme levels of violence
regularly seen by officers on Prince of Wales Road and the
necessity to reduce the early-morning availability of alcohol which
often fuels such mindless attacks.
“Thousands of people will be heading to the city this weekend
and next to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. I hope this case
serves as a timely reminder about the damaging consequences that
consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can have.”
Hayden launched the attack as he walked in a group with his
victim towards Norwich Railway Station at 4.20am on Sunday 3 April
last year, after the men had been for a night out in
Norwich. For reasons only known to himself, Hayden struck the
victim forcefully round the head with a piece of wood in a baseball
bat motion and then hit him twice more after he fell to the
floor. When Hayden had finished the attack he ran from the
scene and returned to his home in Surrey.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Graham Kett, of
Norwich CID, welcomed the sentence saying: “This was a complex
enquiry, complicated by the fact that both the victim and the
offender lived out of the county. CCTV was crucial in identifying
those involved in the incident, enabling us to eventually track
down the offender via Facebook.
“Violence of this magnitude, attacking a victim as he lay
motionless and defenceless on the floor, is completely unacceptable
and we will go to great lengths to locate the people responsible
and bring them to justice.”
Tackling violent crime is a priority for Norfolk Constabulary
and senior officers have been working closely with clubs and bars
on Prince of Wales Road to reduce alcohol-fuelled crime and
In August this year a host of venues voluntarily agreed to call
time on late night drinking – agreeing to stop serving alcohol at
4am after it was recognised the early hour availability of alcohol
was a key factor in disorder.