Eight men have been jailed for their roles in a brutal attack in Lincoln earlier this year.
At 10pm on May 15, 2016, two groups of men from East Timor were fighting in Lincoln city centre.
Twenty men were involved in the barbaric fight with weapons including a pestle, iron bar and chain and mortar.
Five men pleaded guilty to affray and three to GBH at Lincoln Crown Court this week.
Those sentenced for GBH were involved in the attack on a man who was punched and kicked to the ground until he laid unconscious.
They then jumped on his head causing a broken neck and a bleed on the brain which left him in a life-threatening condition.
The victim has since recovered, but still suffers ongoing neck pain. He was not charged with any offences.
The five men who pleaded guilty to affray were sentenced as follows:
- Guterres Isaias DA COSTA – 12 months imprisonment
- Alvaro DA COSTA – 18 months imprisonment
- Efendio Marcal XIMENES – 18 months
- Alfredo PINTO – 9 months imprisonment
- Antonio CARDOSO – 6 months imprisonment (also another 3 months for GBH)
Three men pleaded guilty to GBH and were sentenced as follows:
- Gil Ornai DA SILVA – 4 years imprisonment
- Arlindo Freitas SARMENTO – 4 years imprisonment
- Adelio Freitas MARQUES – 4 years imprisonment
Lincolnshire Police Detective Sergeant Adam Petty said: “Fights of this nature are not common in our town centre and the barbaric actions of those involved could have quite easily resulted in the death of a man.
“Luckily for the victim, staff at Huckleberry’s responded to administer first aid before paramedics arrived and placed him on a spinal board.
“These sentences should act as a serious deterrent to anyone wishing to resort to violence.
“If you are out in the town centre at night and witness an altercation of any kind, it is important you report it to us straight away as it might just save someone’s life.”