Buckfastleigh men guilty of neighbour throat slashing

Two men who cut a man's throat when he tried to stop them attacking their neighbours have been sentenced.

Shaun Coles, 23, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and Aaron Robinson, 20, causing GBH with intent and affray.

Both men, from Buckfastleigh, had denied the charges but were found guilty at Exeter Crown Court.

Coles was sentenced to three and a half years in prison and Robinson, six years in a young offenders' institution.

The court heard that Coles, of Gypsy Lane, and Robinson, of Furlong Close, armed themselves with knives and shouted "you're about to die" in the Oldway estate in Chudleigh before the attack.

'That'll teach you'

A group of angry residents had gathered outside their then-home in Chudleigh to confront them about their anti-social behaviour.

They attacked Michael Cawley, 30, as he returned from the pub and tried to calm the situation, causing a wound which narrowly missed his jugular.

Coles and Robinson both slashed at him as they passed his gate shouting "you're about to die" and "that'll teach you".

Judge Jeremy Griggs said: "It is clear that during your time in Chudleigh you made yourselves unpopular in the local community through your anti-social behaviour.

"You went out armed with knives and the victim suffered three wounds, including one knife wound to the neck which was very close to a vein which, if it had been severed, could had led to much more serious consequences."

Coles and Robinson both claimed they had acted in self defence and had not intended the knives to make contact with Mr Cawley.

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