Lewisham policeman attacker jailed for burglary and arson in Bromley

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A MAN who left a policeman in a vegetative state seven years ago has been jailed for breaking into a house and starting a fire.

Jack Turner, aged 23, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to burglary and arson and was sentenced at Croydon Crown Court to three years in prison.

On the evening of August 2 the owner of a house in Burnt Ash Lane, Bromley, returned home to find the property had been broken into and ransacked with a large burn mark in the middle of the carpet, where a liquid had been poured and set alight.

Turner was identified and arrested after his blood and a fingerprint were found at the scene.

His sentence comes seven years after he carried out a frenzied attack with Lance Samuels on Lewisham PC Daniel Coffill, in Queen's Road, Bromley, in July 2005.

The police officer had been out with friends when he approached one of the youths for spitting at his car.

He was punched in the face by Turner, and fell to the ground unconscious, fracturing his skull, after which point the pair continued to kick him.

Seven years on, Mr Coffill remains in a vegetative state and is unable to walk or talk. His mother gave up her job to become his full-time carer.

After being found guilty of causing GBH with intent in May 2006, Turner was originally sentenced to nine years and Samuels got eight.

When sentencing them in 2006, Judge John Tanzer described the pair as "devoid of the most basic concept of morality".

However, they had their sentences reduced by two years at the Court of Appeal the following year.

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5:50pm Wed 5 Dec 12

reasonable75 says...

Three years !!!!!!!

So he'll be out in 18 months or less - but he got longer for starting the fire than for depriving someone of any quality of life

I'd be interested why their sentences were reduced - if they'd done the original stretch then he wouldn't have been able to commit this crime
Three years !!!!!!! So he'll be out in 18 months or less - but he got longer for starting the fire than for depriving someone of any quality of life I'd be interested why their sentences were reduced - if they'd done the original stretch then he wouldn't have been able to commit this crime reasonable75
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6:37pm Wed 5 Dec 12

cookster says...

What this does show is that prison just does not reform some people, no matter what you give them.
What this does show is that prison just does not reform some people, no matter what you give them. cookster
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6:50pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Jim-_- says...

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Speechless.
http://www.newsshopp er.co.uk/news/125524 5.shocking_but_this_ is_british_justice_f or_you/ Speechless. Jim-_-
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6:56pm Wed 5 Dec 12

ksc says...

Is it me or are the courts trying very hard to look after the criminal whilst at the same time, making it very clear to victims of crime that reporting an offence of any description should be highly discouraged and anybody failing to heed this advice would be seen as a trouble maker and will be shown no sympathy if a criminal is made to leave his or her bed in order to attend a court session. We, Joe Public can't do a thing about lowlifes like old JT pictured above but you the judges of this country can, but for some sinister reason you won't, time after time you fail the good people and reward the bad, very strange, anyone got a theory.
Is it me or are the courts trying very hard to look after the criminal whilst at the same time, making it very clear to victims of crime that reporting an offence of any description should be highly discouraged and anybody failing to heed this advice would be seen as a trouble maker and will be shown no sympathy if a criminal is made to leave his or her bed in order to attend a court session. We, Joe Public can't do a thing about lowlifes like old JT pictured above but you the judges of this country can, but for some sinister reason you won't, time after time you fail the good people and reward the bad, very strange, anyone got a theory. ksc
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7:25pm Wed 5 Dec 12

Marty1979 says...

Doesn't America have a "three strikes" law?

If someone gets convicted for a third crime they do serious time - and not in a holiday camp
Doesn't America have a "three strikes" law? If someone gets convicted for a third crime they do serious time - and not in a holiday camp Marty1979
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7:49pm Wed 5 Dec 12

jaded1 says...

Let's see how long before he's on here again behaving like the scum he is.
I have noticed that these scumbags don't seem to have their mates on here anymore defending them in badly written threatening posts.Good thing too.
Let's see how long before he's on here again behaving like the scum he is. I have noticed that these scumbags don't seem to have their mates on here anymore defending them in badly written threatening posts.Good thing too. jaded1
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6:23am Thu 6 Dec 12

toffeeapple says...

So we had the Judge the other day stating that 'burglary takes an extraordinary amount of bravery' whilst sentencing a burglar and now this?!

We need to ditch the 'Human Rights' of criminals and start dishing justice out like the Americans - as someone quoted above, 3 strikes rule.

Our Judges are so insanely out of touch (or maybe just insane) with public opinion it's scary.

That poor Policeman who, no doubt, worked hard to get where he was for this piece of scum to come and ruin his and his Families hopes and dreams....I am speechless
So we had the Judge the other day stating that 'burglary takes an extraordinary amount of bravery' whilst sentencing a burglar and now this?! We need to ditch the 'Human Rights' of criminals and start dishing justice out like the Americans - as someone quoted above, 3 strikes rule. Our Judges are so insanely out of touch (or maybe just insane) with public opinion it's scary. That poor Policeman who, no doubt, worked hard to get where he was for this piece of scum to come and ruin his and his Families hopes and dreams....I am speechless toffeeapple
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9:01am Thu 6 Dec 12

Anthony1 says...

Why didn't he get life for the attack on that policeman.
Why didn't he get life for the attack on that policeman. Anthony1
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10:14am Thu 6 Dec 12

Brook says...

Anthony1 wrote:
Why didn't he get life for the attack on that policeman.
Because it was considered self defence
[quote][p][bold]Anthony1[/bold] wrote: Why didn't he get life for the attack on that policeman.[/p][/quote]Because it was considered self defence Brook
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4:43pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Marty1979 says...

He's 23 - assault on the policeman was in 2005

So he was committing serious assault when he was 16
He's 23 - assault on the policeman was in 2005 So he was committing serious assault when he was 16 Marty1979
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10:30pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Gypo.Joe says...

A large dose of attitude adjustment required with this A hole. Lets hope a few 'nice' coppers have got his card marked.
A large dose of attitude adjustment required with this A hole. Lets hope a few 'nice' coppers have got his card marked. Gypo.Joe
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11:07am Fri 7 Dec 12

ksc says...

Marty1979 wrote:
He's 23 - assault on the policeman was in 2005

So he was committing serious assault when he was 16
Read this, absolutely unbelievable

http://www.newsshopp

er.co.uk/news/125524

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[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: He's 23 - assault on the policeman was in 2005 So he was committing serious assault when he was 16[/p][/quote]Read this, absolutely unbelievable http://www.newsshopp er.co.uk/news/125524 5.shocking_but_this_ is_british_justice_f or_you/ ksc
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