Men imprisoned after vicious Banbury assault

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Two men have been jailed following an assault in Banbury which saw the victim stabbed in the leg and punched in the face.

Aaron Theodore, 20, of Portland Road in Southall, Ealing, and Ian Murray, 25, of Roman Way in Bicester, were sentenced at Oxford Crown Court today (Thursday) following the incident in December.

At about 5.15pm on December 16, the pair confronted the 23-year-old victim in Longelandes Way, Banbury. They then followed the victim into Nursery Drive, where Theodore ran up to him and stabbed him in the leg with a knife.

The victim was then punched in the face, causing him to fall. He was then kicked and punched on the floor, before being cut on the back of the head.

Theodore and Murray, who knew the victim, then stole cash from the victim’s wallet.

Theodore was given a five-year sentence with three years’ extended licence for the attack, after admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

He was also given an 18-month prison sentence after admitting having a blade in a public place. The two sentences will run concurrently.

Murray also admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and was given five years with three years’ extended licence.

He also admitted assault with intent to commit robbery following an incident in Oxford Road, Littlemore at about 9pm on Monday, December 15.

During this incident, Murray assaulted a 32-year-old man by hitting him repeatedly with a baseball bat. Nothing was stolen in the attack.

Murray was given four years’ imprisonment for the Oxford assault, which will run consecutively with the Banbury incident.

Sergeant James Bonner of Banbury Local CID, said: “This was an unprovoked violent attack and I welcome the lengthy sentences passed down by the court.

“They reflect the seriousness of the assault and two violent offenders have been imprisoned for a significant period.

“This type of incident is extremely rare in Banbury. Despite this, increased high visibility patrols were put in place in the area following the incident.

“I would like to further reassure the community this was not a random attack; the offenders and victim were known to each other.”