Fourth man jailed over Mansfield Woodhouse attack

Dwane Chapman
Image caption Chapman was given a 12-month sentence for his part in the attack

A fourth man has been jailed for his part in an assault on a Nottinghamshire man who was left with serious injuries, including a fractured skull.

Dwane Chapman, 24, of Park Avenue, Mansfield, with three others, battered a man after breaking into his house in Mansfield Woodhouse on 1 May 2010.

At Nottingham Crown Court on Monday, he was sentenced to 12 months in prison for causing grievous bodily harm

He was also given 12 months for his part in an assault on 30 April 2010.

Chapman pleaded guilty to both charges.

On 1 March Adam Groves, 23, of Park Avenue, Mansfield Woodhouse, was given an indeterminate prison sentence for his part in the attack.

He must serve a minimum of five years and will only be released once a parole board is satisfied he does not pose a risk to the public.

'Horrendous' attack

Adam Groves' uncle Martin Groves, 50, of Leas Road, Mansfield Woodhouse, was jailed for nine years. Ashley Groves, brother of Adam Groves, 25, of Forest Road, Clipstone, was sentenced to two years.

Ashley Groves admitted causing actual bodily harm in connection with an assault at a bar on 30 April in Mansfield town centre and also pleaded guilty to affray on 1 May.

Image caption (L-R) Adam Groves, Martin Groves and Ashley Groves have also been jailed

The men forced their way into the victim's house and assaulted him with a number of weapons before fleeing.

The 24-year-old victim, who suffered life-threatening head injuries including a fractured skull, could be left with long-term side effects following the attack.

Det Insp Caroline Racher from Nottinghamshire Police said: "This was a horrendous and cowardly assault and is one of the worst I have come across throughout my career with the police.

"The victim and his family have been incredibly brave throughout this ordeal, and I am glad for them and the public that Chapman and the others are behind bars where they won't be able to harm anyone else."

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