VIDEO: Elite Royal Marines jailed for "sickening" attack caught on CCTV
TWO elite Royal Marines have been jailed for a "sickening" assault in the city's clubland.
A court heard how Plymouth-based Marines Brendon Agnew and Benjamin Allsop-Timmins chased their victim 'like hounds after a fox' before throwing him to the ground, punching him in the head and body and then kicking him.
The whole horrific episode was captured on CCTV.
Marines Agnew and Allsop-Timmins are today in prison and face the prospect of being thrown out of the Marines on release.
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The judge, Recorder Stephen Parish, said he was in no doubt that their victim, Mark Webber, would never forget the attack, which he described as "sickening violence".
Recorder Parish added that it would be no consolation to him if the men received lenient sentences because they were Royal Marines.
He said: "I would be failing in my duty to protect victims in general if I did not pass custodial sentences."
Both had admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on January 27 last year.
Prosecutor Alastair Verheijen said that following a confrontation in C103, Mr Webber left the club with a friend, but was attacked by the marines, who chased and attacked him again once he had escaped.
He was left lying unconscious in the road, and was taken to hospital, where he was found to have suffered minor injuries including a black eye, cuts and abrasions.
Six months later, Mr Webber said he felt too vulnerable to go out alone, and at one stage had been too afraid to leave his house to buy food.
Emma Birt, for Allsop-Timmins, said he had completed an extremely tough nine-month training course in the Marine Commandos just 10 days before the attack, and this had been his first outing since then.
Despite being arrested and charged, he had excelled in his next course, finishing the top reconnaissance student in the UK.
Miss Birt said his recent training alone had cost the UK taxpayer £125,000, but sending him to prison would cost thousands more and his military career would be over.
Jason Beal, for Agnew, said that last August he had been sent to Afghanistan as a battle casualty replacement.
He had been involved in a fire-fight in Helmand Province, where his commanding officer described him as "composed and professional".
He hoped to become a physical training instructor and was now a credit to the Royal Marines.
But Recorder Parish jailed Agnew, aged 21 and of Bickleigh Barracks, Plymouth, and Allsop-Timmins, aged 25 and of Solihull, West Midlands, for six months each.
He told them: "You chased him like hounds after a fox, threw him to the ground, punched him to the head and body and both kicked him.
"You left him lying immobile in the street - for all you knew, he could have been dead.
"One has to ask the question whether this type of people should be in the Royal Marines at all; should people like you be keeping the peace in Afghanistan?"
Outside the court, Det Con Helen Batten said releasing CCTV footage of the attack to The Herald had generated a public response and helped to bring the men to justice.
Mark Webber's mother, who was present at the sentencing, said: "As a family, we are devastated that this has happened, and we hope that when these young men become fathers it doesn't happen to them."
A spokeswoman for the MoD said: "All those who are found to fall short of the Navy's high standards or who are found to have committed an offence under the Armed Forces Act are dealt with administratively (up to and including discharge) or through the discipline process, as appropriate."