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‘Posh turf war’ teens spared jail because they wouldn’t cope in prison

Caption: Posh boys who beat beat someone up in a turf war haven't been jailed because the judge wasn't sure how they would handle prison
The 4 boys had been spared jail after a decide heard they wouldn’t cope nicely in prison (Picture: HNP)

A bunch of mates who beat up an adolescent in a turf struggle between two cities in Oxfordshire have been spared jail.

Kieran Clifton, 19, dragged his sufferer, 17, out of his car and beat him whereas shouting ‘you’re going to be unrecognisable after this’ and ‘do you want to stab me?’.

He was joined in the assault by Se Smith, 18, Daniel Clifford, 22, and Joshua Campbell, 19. The group had been ingesting Amaretto collectively all through the day on the Fat Fox in Watlington.

They had been knowledgeable that the sufferer, recognized as being one of many ‘Thame lot’ from 10 miles away, was on his solution to Co-op in Watlington.

Clifton began the assault because he believed his girlfriend of 4 years had dumped him because of the sufferer.

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd. 30/09/2019 A group of four young friends who had battered a teenager as part of a posh "turf war" between two upmarket Oxfordshire towns, were spared jail after their lawyers told a crown court judge they did not know how they would cope in prison. The court heard how Kieran Clifton had dragged their 17-year-old victim out of his car in March last year and then, together with a group including Se Smith (corr), Daniel Clifford and Joshua Campbell, had attacked him while screaming "you're going to be unrecognisable after this" and "do you want me to stab you?" Clifton, a 19-year-old carpenter, Smith, aged 18 years, Clifford, aged 22 years and Campbell, a self-employed butcher aged 19 years, all arrived in court in smart shirts and listened as four lawyers battled to keep them out of jail. Picture shows Kieran Clifton. See copy HNPposh
Kieran Clifton led the assault and was given a 12-month jail time period suspended for a yr (Picture: HNP)
Hyde News & Pictures Ltd. 30/09/2019 A group of four young friends who had battered a teenager as part of a posh "turf war" between two upmarket Oxfordshire towns, were spared jail after their lawyers told a crown court judge they did not know how they would cope in prison. The court heard how Kieran Clifton had dragged their 17-year-old victim out of his car in March last year and then, together with a group including Se Smith (corr), Daniel Clifford and Joshua Campbell, had attacked him while screaming "you're going to be unrecognisable after this" and "do you want me to stab you?" Clifton, a 19-year-old carpenter, Smith, aged 18 years, Clifford, aged 22 years and Campbell, a self-employed butcher aged 19 years, all arrived in court in smart shirts and listened as four lawyers battled to keep them out of jail. Picture shows Joshua Campbell. See copy HNPposh
Joshua Campbell was given 12 months suspended for a yr (Picture: HNP)

He ran in direction of him shouting ‘get out of the f**king car. I’m going to smash your head in.’

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However, his bravado slipped when he arrived in courtroom along with his lawyer Jane Brady telling Judge Nigel Daly at Oxford Crown Court: ‘It is honest to say he is completely scared of going inside.

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‘His mother would have concerns about her son’s capability to cope in such an surroundings.’

Clifford was praised by his personal lawyer for having abstained from cocaine for 2 weeks forward of being sentenced. Previously he spent £400 per week on cocaine and hashish.

Campbell’s lawyer mentioned he shouldn’t be jailed because ‘he feels rehabilitated already’.

Meanwhile Smith’s lawyer mentioned he ‘absolutely regrets the decisions that were taken and what unfolded.’

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd. 30/09/2019 A group of four young friends who had battered a teenager as part of a posh "turf war" between two upmarket Oxfordshire towns, were spared jail after their lawyers told a crown court judge they did not know how they would cope in prison. The court heard how Kieran Clifton had dragged their 17-year-old victim out of his car in March last year and then, together with a group including Se Smith (corr), Daniel Clifford and Joshua Campbell, had attacked him while screaming "you're going to be unrecognisable after this" and "do you want me to stab you?" Clifton, a 19-year-old carpenter, Smith, aged 18 years, Clifford, aged 22 years and Campbell, a self-employed butcher aged 19 years, all arrived in court in smart shirts and listened as four lawyers battled to keep them out of jail. Picture shows Daniel Clifford. See copy HNPposh
Daniel Clifford was additionally given a 12-month jail time period suspended for a yr (Picture: HNP)

Judge Daly mentioned: ‘This is a bunch incident on a single younger man who was completely unable to guard himself.

‘He was dragged from a car, kicked and punched and suffered vital harm – bruising, injury to his enamel, wanted to be on crutches for per week.

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‘For some reason, this young man was deliberately targeted. Perhaps because he came from Thame and you four came from Watlington and there had been bad blood between the two factions.’

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Turning to Clifton he mentioned: ‘You accepted being considerably concerned in violence, you performed a number one position in what went on. You haven’t accepted that you’ve any points with ingesting. Drink, in my view, performed a major half.

‘Drinking Coca Cola and Amaretto? I’m stunned you weren’t sick!’

Hyde News & Pictures Ltd. 30/09/2019 A group of four young friends who had battered a teenager as part of a posh "turf war" between two upmarket Oxfordshire towns, were spared jail after their lawyers told a crown court judge they did not know how they would cope in prison. The court heard how Kieran Clifton had dragged their 17-year-old victim out of his car in March last year and then, together with a group including Se Smith (corr), Daniel Clifford and Joshua Campbell, had attacked him while screaming "you're going to be unrecognisable after this" and "do you want me to stab you?" Clifton, a 19-year-old carpenter, Smith, aged 18 years, Clifford, aged 22 years and Campbell, a self-employed butcher aged 19 years, all arrived in court in smart shirts and listened as four lawyers battled to keep them out of jail. Picture shows Se Smith. See copy HNPposh
Se Smith was given an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months (Picture: HNP)

Clifton, Campbell and Clifford got 12-month prison phrases suspended for a yr.

Smith was jailed for eight months, suspended for a yr.

They had been all given neighborhood service and ordered to pay a complete of £3,000 in courtroom prices and compensation.

Judge Daly concluded: ‘You higher mend your methods. It has been 18 months since this has occurred. It would seem that every of you stands to have a very good likelihood at rehabilitation.

‘This has been your last chance. Appear before me again and you know exactly where you’re going.’

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