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Bromley teenagers found guilty of 'shocking' Widmore Road assault
TWO people from the Bromley borough have been found guilty of a “shocking and cowardly” attack on an elderly man.
Christopher Graney, aged 19, of Mayfair Close, Beckenham, and Samantha Fenton, aged 19, of Homefield Road, Bromley, were both convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday (March 12).
The 78-year-old victim is said to have burst into tears when he was told of the guilty verdict by police.
On October 15 last year police were called to Widmore Road, Bromley, at 12.05am.
When they arrived they found an elderly man with severe bruising to his face.
He was taken to a south London hospital where he stayed overnight.
The victim had been waiting for a bus when he saw a car travelling down Widmore Road at speed without any lights on.
He waved to attract the driver's attention, but the car suddenly braked sharply.
Graney and Fenton then jumped out of the vehicle, pushed the victim to the floor, before kicking and punching him as he lay on the ground.
They then jumped back in the vehicle and fled the scene, but were arrested a short while later at Fenton's home address.
Graney and Fenton denied the offence throughout the trial, but were convicted by an 11-1 majority by a jury.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Rosmarie Lee, from Bromley CID, said: "This was a shocking, unprovoked and cowardly attack on an elderly gentleman.
"The victim was left with appalling injuries and is still very upset - indeed he burst into tears when I told him that Graney and Fenton had been found guilty."
The pair will be sentenced on April 9 at Croydon Crown Court.
Graney will also be sentenced for another assault he committed in the early hours of August 27, 2011, when a 28-year-old man was attacked on the forecourt of the Total petrol station in Croydon Road, Beckenham, and was left requiring hospital treatment for a head wound.
Graney was remanded in custody pending sentencing, while Fenton has been released on bail.