Four men who beat up and robbed a Wattisham-based serviceman have been branded as “cowardly” by a judge.
The gang’s victim, Jack Shilton, 21, maintains helicopters at Wattisham Airfield and has served in Afghanistan.
The four men received prison sentences totalling more than 12 years at Ipswich Crown Court last Tuesday.
Judge Rupert Overbury said: “While your victim has served this country in Afghanistan to protect you and the rest of us from the threat of future harm, you have behaved in a cowardly and despicable fashion. Each of you is a disgrace to your family.”
The court heard how Mr Shilton and a friend had been invited to a party by the four men at an address in Ipswich, but arrived in a taxi to find there was no party.
After handing over his wallet and phone, Mr Shilton was punched in the face, falling to the ground, and, after being repeatedly kicked to the head and back, fell unconscious.
Jerran Hart, 22, of Ravenswood Avenue, Ipswich, was jailed for three years and six months, and Adam Poulter, 26, of no fixed address, for three years and nine months. Both had been found guilty of robbery.
Matthew Kersey, 30, of Campbell Road, Ipswich, admitted robbery and assault and was jailed for 32 months.
Jamie Duncan, 23, of Damselfly Road, Ipswich, was jailed for 30 months. He admitted a charge of robbery.