Man jailed after attack in Benfleet restaurant

A man has been jailed for more than five years after an attack inside a restaurant in Benfleet.

Joshua Crouch entered Aspera restaurant, in London Road, holding a dumbbell and knife shortly before 2pm on Thursday September 10, 2020.

Crouch was wearing military-style body armour and tried to hide his identity by wearing a motorbike helmet.

The 28-year-old, of Arlingford Road, Brixton, then attacked a man who was dining in the restaurant, causing a large cut to his head which required hospital treatment.

During the attack, Crouch was restrained by restaurant staff and other diners until police arrived.

Following his arrest, Crouch was linked to two other offences; an assault on a woman in Hadleigh on March 14, 2020, and criminal damage on July 12, 2020.

He was later charged with two counts of possessing an offensive weapon and one count of GBH.

Police also charged him with assault and criminal damage in connection with separate offences.

He was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Monday March 8 to four years in prison for GBH and 12 months for both counts of possessing a weapon in a public place.

Judge Ian Graham also added six months in prison for the assault and there was no separate penalty for the criminal damage.

In total, he was sentenced to five years and six months in prison.

Five-year restraining orders were also imposed which prevent him from contacting any of his victims.”

Mick Ferris

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