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Thugs convicted of brutal attack on 78-year-old man in Bromley

PUBLISHED: 16:07 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 06:12 14 March 2013

The 78-year-old man was left with severe bruising to the face.

The 78-year-old man was left with severe bruising to the face.

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A pair of thugs have been convicted after they brutally attacked a 78-year-old man attempting to warn them they were driving with no lights on.

Samantha Fenton, 19, of Homefield Road, BromleySamantha Fenton, 19, of Homefield Road, Bromley

Christopher Graney, 19, of Mayfair Close, Beckenham and Samantha Fenton, 19, of Homefield Road, Bromley were both found guilty of causing actual bodily harm at Croydon Crown Court last week.

The victim had been waiting for a bus home in Widmore Road, Bromley just after midnight on October 15 when he saw a car travelling without headlights on.

He waved to attract the driver’s attention, but the car broke suddenly. Graney and Fenton got out of the vehicle and pushed the man to the floor before kicking and punching him.

They then fled the scene, but were arrested shortly after at Fenton’s home address.

Christopher Graney, 19, of Mayfair Close, BeckenhamChristopher Graney, 19, of Mayfair Close, Beckenham

The pair claimed they hadn’t been out for hours, though they were placed at the scene by witnesses and the engine of the car was still warm when officers arrived.

Graney and Fenton denied the offence at trial, but were convicted by an 11-1 jury majority.

DC Rosmarie Lee, of Bromley police, 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 attackers will be sentenced on April 9 at Croydon Crown Court, when Graney will also be sentenced for a separate assault he commited in Croydon Road, Beckenham in August.

Graney was remanded in custody pending sentencing, Fenton released on bail.

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