VIDEO: CCTV reveals shocking moment marine left blinded in one eye
THESE shocking CCTV stills capture how two Plymouth Royal Marines were savagely attacked – leaving one blinded in one eye.
The horrific CCTV footage has been released by police to The Herald after the two defendants – soldiers Alexander Thompson and William Press – were sent to prison for a total of 14 years, as reported in The Herald yesterday.
The footage, which was also shown to Plymouth Crown Court during the trial of Thompson and Press, shows the soldiers' 40-second "brutal and unprovoked" attack.
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It was this attack that prompted a judge to issue a stark warning to young men in Plymouth "looking for a fight".
Recorder Geoffrey Still said: "Twelve years' imprisonment is the [sentencing] starting point which from now on should be well known to young men in Plymouth looking for a fight."
Thompson, aged 26, is the attacker on the left-hand side. He repeatedly punches and kicks marine Martin Jones who drops to his knees by a wall after the first blow.
He is then seen aiming at least seven kicks to the former Stonehouse-based commando leaving Mr Jones blind in one eye.
The footage shows Thompson at one stage falling on his backside after kicking the marine with such force.
Simultaneously, father-of-one William Press, who grew up in Plymouth, is seen on the right-hand side punching and kicking Ray Simmons, in the light coloured top.
Mr Simmons, of 30 Commando, fell to the floor after the first punch and Press continues the attack – breaking away just once to punch Mr Jones in the head.
He returns to Mr Simmons, who is lying on the floor, and resumes the violent assault.
In one final devastating kick, which Press himself described as "disgusting", he boots Mr Simmons in the face and the marine's head and body are thrown backwards.
Security officers are then seen to place Mr Simmons in the recovery position as he lay on the floor, and Mr Jones gets up with assistance.
Recorder Geoffrey Still, who sentenced Thompson and Press, said: "The aggravating factors of this case are self evident. One victim ended up having lost an eye and a badly broken up face, the other could have easily ended up the same way as he was kicked whilst unconscious and immobile."
He condemned the two soldiers for the "alcohol and adrenaline fuelled" attack adding the victims were "defenceless" and at their "mercy". An Army spokesman said: "In line with normal procedures, when a custodial sentence is awarded, the unit will usually apply for the discharge of the soldier or soldiers involved."