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'Violent' men jailed for unprovoked attack on Kevin Teahan in Northwood
TWO 'violent' men who left a father-of-two with brain damage after an unprovoked attack in Northwood have each been jailed for three years.
Dean James Beeton (above right), 28, and Jon Currie (below left), 30, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Kevin Teahan, 53, on September 6 last year.
Mr Teahan, who is believed to live in Northwood, was found unconscious at 11.45pm in Hallowell Road with severe head injuries. He spent six months recovering in hospital.
Harrow Crown Court heard on Thursday (19) how Mr Teahan and his wife, Hanna, had a meal in the Misty Moon pub in Green Lane, before going home at 7.30pm.
He returned to the pub to play poker and left at about 11.20pm.
Prosecuting, Ian McLoughlin told the court: "The moments after have been pieced together using CCTV.
"Mr Teahan was walking along Green Lane and had an argument with two men - the defendants.
"He continued along Green Lane while they returned to their van and waited five minutes, before moving in the same direction.
"The victim was next seen at the junction of Hallowell Road, where he was later found unconscious.
"There is no evidence about what happened next and Mr Teahan still has no recollection of the events."
Mr Teahan (right) was rushed to Charing Cross Hospital with eye swelling, fractured nasal bones and a bleeding wound to the back of his head, likely to be caused by a 'blunt trauma'. The facial injuries were 'forceful', the court heard.
Mr McLoughlin added: "The common sense view is that he was punched in the face and fell over, causing the blow to his head.
"He received a grave brain injury and had physiotherapy for balance and co-ordination, and speech and language therapy.
In a victim impact statement, Mrs Teahan said: "As a consequence of this totally unprovoked attack our lives have been turned upside down.
"Kevin will never make a full recovery and has changed from being bubbly and outgoing to someone who lacks confidence and is easily frustrated."
Beeton, of Harborne Close, Watford, and Currie, who has lived in Uxbridge in the past, both have a string of previous convictions, including violent assaults.
Charles Judge and William England, representing Beeton and Currie respectively, said both men, who have young children, felt deep remorse for their actions.
Mr England said: "Mr Currie is ashamed of himself and wants Mr Teahan and his family to know how sorry he is.
"It was a moment of madness. He behaved appallingly and he must face the consequences for his actions."
Sentencing, His Honour Judge Holt said: "Kevin Teahan has gone from happy go lucky to a wreck and he will suffer for the rest of his life.
"There is no doubt in my mind this is one of the most serious offences of this kind and you should be appalled by what you did to this poor man."
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