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Lincoln hammer attack men convicted

Three Lincoln men have been convicted in relation to the attempted murder of a man with a hammer outside a city night club.

In a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Kris James Bradley (23) of Kent Street, Lincoln, has been convicted of attempted murder, while Daniel Ross Burrell (22) of Macaulay Drive, Lincoln, was convicted of assisting an offender.

Alex Taylor (22) of Eastbourne Street, Lincoln, pleaded guilty to encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence at an earlier hearing.

Sentencing has been adjourned until March 31 2014, also at Birmingham Crown Court.

The incident happened at around 12.50am on September 1, 2013, on Hungate in Lincoln, an area with bars and clubs.

A man from the Scunthorpe, Matthew Probert (21), was attacked with a claw hammer, which was left embedded in his skull.

The victim’s father, Mark Probert, said: “We are pleased with the outcome of the investigation into the horrific assault on my son Matthew; he could have died and even now he is struggling to come to terms with what happened to him on the night in question.

“I would like to thank the ambulance crew and the hospital staff who cared for him. I am also grateful for all the hard work of the police and the prosecution team.

“I hope to be there when the offenders are sentenced and will issue a more detailed statement then.”

The investigating officer Detective Sergeant Cunningham of Lincoln CID said: “We are very pleased with these convictions.

“The outcome of this case could have been very different, if you strike someone on the head with a claw hammer there is a very high likelihood that they will be killed or very seriously injured.

“I would like to thank the police team, the CPS and the whole prosecution team for their very thorough and professional work on this case.”