Schoolgirl injured in brothers’ mud-bomb attack

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TWO “stupid” brothers who threw a “mud bomb” at a schoolgirl leaving her with a serious facial injury have been spared jail.

Gavin Davies, 18, and brother Ross, 21, were killing time at a skate park in Sunderland when they began to throw sweets at people.

The injury has had a more prominent affect on her than one may think.

Emma Dowling, prosecuting

Newcastle Crown Court heard this then escalated into the pair launching mud filled with stones towards a group of people, with one striking the victim on the nose.

Gavin Davies said “bullseye” as the mud bomb made contact with the victim on April 1 2014.

The impact left the school girl with a deviated septum, meaning that the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half is significantly off centre or crooked, making breathing difficult.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: “It was extremely stupid behaviour.

“A number of stones had been squashed into the mud and have hit the victim directly on the nose.

“I do accept that there were stones also being thrown in the boys’ direction.

“The incident has left the victim with a deviated septum and that may or may not need to be treated for a long period of time. She has been told to go back to hospital in the next 18 months to check.

“Unfortunately, since the incident, the victim has been subject to bullying at school and her parents are very concerned.

“The injury has had a more prominent affect on her than one may think.”

Defending on behalf of Gavin Davies, Alec Burns, said: “Gavin has shown huge remorse and didn’t realise how serious it was at the time.

“He admitted his crime straight away to the police.

“He said he felt terrible and realises now that he should have apologised at the time.

“He has now ruined his chances of getting into the army as his application has now been put on hold.”

Defending on behalf of Ross Davies, Glen Gatland, said: “Ross is a relatively sensible young lad.

“He is unemployed at the minute, but is trying to get into the Royal Navy.”

Recorder Euan Duff described both of the boys of Langley Close, Washington, behaviour as “grossly stupid and hideous”, but acted with a degree of leniency to the pair .

The judge said: “Both of you should be thoroughly and utterly ashamed of your behaviour. Luckily for you both I think that you are.”

Gavin Davies was sentenced to a youth rehab order for 12 months with supervision for six months and two hundred hours unpaid work.

Ross Davies was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision for six months and two hundred hours unpaid work.