The father of a top amateur boxer was today starting a 13-year jail sentence after launching a terrifying machete attack that left two victims with horrific injuries.
Nicholas Stokes, 43, struck with catastrophic consequences while fearing his 19-year-old son Josh, a former junior Amateur Boxing Association champion, was taking a beating in a street brawl.
He slashed at Joshua Reynolds slicing open the face of the 20-year-old from eyebrow to chin, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told yesterday. He also clubbed his victim’s stepfather over the head.
Jailing him for 13 years, Judge Martin Walsh said Stokes, of Hydes Road, West Bromwich, caused ‘truly horrendous’ facial injuries to one of his victims.
Mr Philip Bown, defending Stokes, said he had acted in a ‘few moments of madness’ and was not intent on violence that day. Stokes had admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and wounding with intent in the July 21 fracas.
Josh Stokes, also of Hydes Road, admitted assault and was given 21 months detention suspended for two years and 200 hours unpaid work at an earlier hearing.
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