Four men from Lincoln were sentenced to two years jail for their part in a vigilante attack on a city man.
Richard James Whittle (31) (top left), Stuart Robert Kisby (22), (top right), Carl Dudley Moore (24), (bottom left) and Ben Matthew Whittle (25) (bottom right), were sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday.
The men beat a 33-year-old local man in May last year, leaving him with a broken cheek bone, broken nose, and he also lost some of his teeth.
Previously, Richard Whittle had allegedly been attacked by an associate of the victim in this case – leading to the loss of an ear.
Instead of reporting this to the police and co-operating with an investigation, Whittle and the other defendants took the law into their own hands and sought revenge.
Lincolnshire Police DC Nick Hakes said the case sent out a clear message to anyone considering taking the law into their own hands:
“If Whittle, as a victim of crime, had reported this to us and co-operated with an investigation, then another man would have been in the dock and justice would have been done.
“Instead, due to the alleged vigilante activity of himself and his associates – they are now in prison,” he said.
“This case sends a powerful message to anyone considering any form of violent revenge. You will be committing a crime and we will put you before the courts.”