Newport teens locked up for brutal attack on homeless man

South Wales Argus: Newport teens Ashley Farrow, 18, left and Kane Price, 15, were jailed for a brutal attack on a homeless man Newport teens Ashley Farrow, 18, left and Kane Price, 15, were jailed for a brutal attack on a homeless man

TWO ‘unremorseful’ Newport teens have been locked up for a brutal attack on a sleeping homeless man which nearly killed him.

Kane Price, 15, and Ashley Farrow, 18, were found not guilty of attempted murder, but guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent on homeless man Vladimirs Kazlausks, 54, following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court last month.

Sentencing, Mr Justice Robert Jay told the defendants they had shown no remorse and saw the their victim as ‘beneath contempt’, showing a worrying lack of empathy.

The trial had heard how Mr Kazlausks was attacked while he was sleeping with a wooden table or chair leg found in an underground service road known as ‘junkies’ tunnel’ by the Kingsway centre in Newport. He was left with serious injuries.

Both teenagers, who could not be named for legal reasons during the trial, blamed the other for the attack on May 8.

The court heard excerpts from Mr Kazlausks victim impact statement, where he said the near-fatal attack left him feeling like he is close to having a nervous breakdown.

He said the incident left him in hospital for a week, some of which was in intensive care, and that he was waiting to undergo facial surgery after suffering serious injuries including being left partially sighted in one eye. He also suffered from broken fingers, bruising on his shoulder and pain in his lower back.

In mitigation, Price’s defence barrister, Andrew Morse, told the court: “He is a very young man and this is the first time he has been in custody.

“He is not a young man without promise. He is not unintelligent. His family are devastated by what has gone on.”

He added that Price is sorry for what happened.

But the judge argued: “He blamed his friend despite the overwhelming evidence he wielded the weapon.”

During their trial at Cardiff Crown Court, prosecutor Michael Jones told the jury Price was later spotted on CCTV re-enacting the crime to friends.

Farrow’s defence barrister told the court: “It is evident that he lacks consequential thinking skills and is described as follower rather than a leader. “Ashley is reluctant to admit he is frightened of Kane.”

He added Farrow had displayed ‘poor judgement’.

Addressing the pair, Mr Justice Jay said: “The victim was savagely beaten about the head, although probably not the 40 times you boasted of to your friends.

“The attack was sufficient to cause fatal injuries, and you were both aware of that. The victim was left for dead.

”Both of you lied to the jury, although Kane Price’s lies were on a truly epic scale.

“I have struggled to work out your motivations for this. I have no doubt you considered this victim as beyond contempt. You both show a worrying lack of human empathy.”

The only mitigation in both cases is your young ages, as you were both children at the time of this attack.

”There is no genuine remorse in either of you.

He added: "I am satisfied that you, Kane Price, wielded the blows. I cannot be satisfied that you, Ashley Farrow, did.

"Both of you are described as being of high risk of causing future serious harm to others."

Price was given a seven and a half year custodial term, to be served at a young offenders’ institution, with a four year extended licence. Farrow was given a six year custodial sentence and a three and a half year extended licence, also to be served at a young offenders institution DI Justin O’Keeffe said: "These two teenagers preyed on the vulnerability of a man living in Newport and beat him severely in this horrendous attack, without any thought of consequences.

"Not only did they cause extensive injuries to the victim, but they also acted with no thought of what cost their actions had on their own future or the lives of their families.

"Today goes some way in getting justice for the victim, who can now rebuild his life knowing that the offenders are serving considerable custodial sentences."

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4:14pm Mon 2 Dec 13

county mad says...

No where near long enough they will be out in3 yrs.
No where near long enough they will be out in3 yrs. county mad

5:06pm Mon 2 Dec 13

kez1968 says...

another pair of low life scum bags who will be out in a few years, our judicial system is a complete joke, on the upside these two will always be ugly scrotes.
another pair of low life scum bags who will be out in a few years, our judicial system is a complete joke, on the upside these two will always be ugly scrotes. kez1968

5:32pm Mon 2 Dec 13

nat_bee says...

This disgraces and makes me feel physically sick, perhaps they should be chucked in a pit, beaten and left for dead like their poor victim.
Vile vile children.
This disgraces and makes me feel physically sick, perhaps they should be chucked in a pit, beaten and left for dead like their poor victim. Vile vile children. nat_bee

6:54pm Mon 2 Dec 13

The Red Claw says...

In mitigation, Price’s defence barrister, Andrew Morse, told the court: “He is not a young man without promise. He is not unintelligent. His family are devastated by what has gone on.”

It was Price's and his mate's personal choice to do what they did. If Price was even remotely intelligent he wouldn't have been where he was, trying to beat a defenceless man to death or serious injury whilst using a weapon in company with his equally lying and cowardly mate.
In mitigation, Price’s defence barrister, Andrew Morse, told the court: “He is not a young man without promise. He is not unintelligent. His family are devastated by what has gone on.” It was Price's and his mate's personal choice to do what they did. If Price was even remotely intelligent he wouldn't have been where he was, trying to beat a defenceless man to death or serious injury whilst using a weapon in company with his equally lying and cowardly mate. The Red Claw

7:13pm Mon 2 Dec 13

rightsideup says...

Price 'is sorry' for what happened.He's only sorry becauase he's been caught.........
Price 'is sorry' for what happened.He's only sorry becauase he's been caught......... rightsideup

8:31pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Captain Tripps says...

Bring back the birch .
Bring back the birch . Captain Tripps

9:23pm Mon 2 Dec 13

evans07 says...

the x2 thugs should have got longer sentences unforgiveable as 2 what they have both done both blameing each other each of them couldnt tell the truth if it hit them in the face
the x2 thugs should have got longer sentences unforgiveable as 2 what they have both done both blameing each other each of them couldnt tell the truth if it hit them in the face evans07

9:48pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Practicalmickey says...

evans07 wrote:
the x2 thugs should have got longer sentences unforgiveable as 2 what they have both done both blameing each other each of them couldnt tell the truth if it hit them in the face
Absolutely, beating a homeless man sleeping. He never had a chance.
[quote][p][bold]evans07[/bold] wrote: the x2 thugs should have got longer sentences unforgiveable as 2 what they have both done both blameing each other each of them couldnt tell the truth if it hit them in the face[/p][/quote]Absolutely, beating a homeless man sleeping. He never had a chance. Practicalmickey

10:06pm Mon 2 Dec 13

Newport Dave says...

Stupid, gutless, brainless little boys.
Stupid, gutless, brainless little boys. Newport Dave

10:20pm Mon 2 Dec 13

dont claim to be nice says...

Good , its like barristers know thugs on first terms ? well i hope this pair get what is coming once inside them four walls, just a shame the other wannabe gangsters in newport dont get locked away, i ask myself everyday " why are there so many youths driving £60.000 range rovers and never ever worked in their lives !
Gwent police need to get off the poxy facebook page they run boasting and posting photos of peter andre and horses ( wasting tax payers money ) but i forgot the police is bought and funded by many companies !
So maybe lock afew more up
Good , its like barristers know thugs on first terms ? well i hope this pair get what is coming once inside them four walls, just a shame the other wannabe gangsters in newport dont get locked away, i ask myself everyday " why are there so many youths driving £60.000 range rovers and never ever worked in their lives ! Gwent police need to get off the poxy facebook page they run boasting and posting photos of peter andre and horses ( wasting tax payers money ) but i forgot the police is bought and funded by many companies ! So maybe lock afew more up dont claim to be nice

10:27pm Mon 2 Dec 13

dont claim to be nice says...

dont claim to be nice wrote:
Good , its like barristers know thugs on first terms ? well i hope this pair get what is coming once inside them four walls, just a shame the other wannabe gangsters in newport dont get locked away, i ask myself everyday " why are there so many youths driving £60.000 range rovers and never ever worked in their lives ! Gwent police need to get off the poxy facebook page they run boasting and posting photos of peter andre and horses ( wasting tax payers money ) but i forgot the police is bought and funded by many companies ! So maybe lock afew more up
Also lets see more females that comit just as much crime locked up instead of having support workers
[quote][p][bold]dont claim to be nice[/bold] wrote: Good , its like barristers know thugs on first terms ? well i hope this pair get what is coming once inside them four walls, just a shame the other wannabe gangsters in newport dont get locked away, i ask myself everyday " why are there so many youths driving £60.000 range rovers and never ever worked in their lives ! Gwent police need to get off the poxy facebook page they run boasting and posting photos of peter andre and horses ( wasting tax payers money ) but i forgot the police is bought and funded by many companies ! So maybe lock afew more up[/p][/quote]Also lets see more females that comit just as much crime locked up instead of having support workers dont claim to be nice

10:08am Tue 3 Dec 13

joleykenvin says...

Put them into a real prison with real hard men who will scare the living hell out off them, they will only learn more at youth offenders.
Put them into a real prison with real hard men who will scare the living hell out off them, they will only learn more at youth offenders. joleykenvin

10:19am Tue 3 Dec 13

ollie72 says...

Surely this sentence has to be reviewed and lengthened? a motiveless attack on a sleeping man - Not even in the heat of a fight (I know, not an excuse, but would at least make it a little more understandable).

And to brag about it afterwards - what a pair of hard nuts eh?
Surely this sentence has to be reviewed and lengthened? a motiveless attack on a sleeping man - Not even in the heat of a fight (I know, not an excuse, but would at least make it a little more understandable). And to brag about it afterwards - what a pair of hard nuts eh? ollie72

12:48pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Katie Re-Registered says...

“He is not a young man without promise. He is not unintelligent."

Did the attorney for the defence not realise that this actually makes him worse and more culpable? So too, the inference that he has 'promise' - as this would suggest a privileged, mentally sane young man who fully understand the consequences of what he was doing yet still did it - very possibly out of some sense of superiority to someone less advantaged as him. More like an indictment than a defence, one might be forgiven for concluding!
“He is not a young man without promise. He is not unintelligent." Did the attorney for the defence not realise that this actually makes him worse and more culpable? So too, the inference that he has 'promise' - as this would suggest a privileged, mentally sane young man who fully understand the consequences of what he was doing yet still did it - very possibly out of some sense of superiority to someone less advantaged as him. More like an indictment than a defence, one might be forgiven for concluding! Katie Re-Registered

8:15am Wed 4 Dec 13

Lliswerry Man says...

^^ Katie, we do not have attorney's here in the UK, you have either been watching too much CSI or are not local.
These two scum, should go through a rigourous system of rehab before they are ever considered for release, what they did was the utmost vile to an innocent sleeping defenceless man.
^^ Katie, we do not have attorney's here in the UK, you have either been watching too much CSI or are not local. These two scum, should go through a rigourous system of rehab before they are ever considered for release, what they did was the utmost vile to an innocent sleeping defenceless man. Lliswerry Man

8:23am Wed 4 Dec 13

Mervyn James says...

Why was this man sleeping rough anyway ? is he an unemployed migrant ? Maybe we can send him home where he would be safer....
Why was this man sleeping rough anyway ? is he an unemployed migrant ? Maybe we can send him home where he would be safer.... Mervyn James

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