Vicious thug jailed for 21 years

Vicious thug jailed for 21 years

Vicious thug jailed for 21 years

First published in Southend
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A VICIOUS teenage thug who left two of his many victims for dead has been locked up for 21 years and told he will not walk free until he is safe to be released.

Eric Cantona Brophy, 18, of St Mary’s Road, Southend, was told the length of his sentence reflected his substantial and violent record.

Brophy’s violent crimes included stabbings and other knife attacks in Southend and throwing hot water over a fellow inmate, while in prison awaiting trial.

Sentencing Brophy to 21 years in a young offenders’ institution for 13 violent crimes committed between June and November last year, Judge John Lodge told him: “You will not be released until the parole board is convinced you no longer pose a danger to the public.”

In June, Brophy attacked Leon Calvin, in Prittlewell Chase, Southend, as he made his way home from a nightclub. Brophy hid in an alleyway with an accomplice, jumped out and stabbed Mr Calvin in the stomach.

The wounded victim stumbled along the road and into a bush, where he called an ambulance.

Brophy and the other man sought him out and stole his phone and money before paramedics arrived.

Less than a fortnight later, a 16- year-old needed 23 staples to a head wound after Brophy attacked him with a piece of broken glass at a hostel in Southchurch Road, Southend.

On July 10, Brophy, and two others, tried to rob a group of 14 to 16- year-olds of their phones in Chase Park, Westcliff, slashing two of them across the face with a knife.

Of this attack, prosecutor Peter Gair said: “You can imagine the impact of this on the teenagers, just before the start of the school summer holidays.”

Have-a-go hero Kaz Salih, 18, witnessed the attack and ordered Brophy to return the youngsters’ phones.

The next day, Brophy and others found Mr Salih and repeatedly stabbed him, leaving him for dead in Fairfax Drive, Westcliff. As Brophy ran away, he slashed bystander Eddie Lawrence across the face.

Brophy admitted wounding and robbery charges brought in connection with the Southend attacks.

In December he denied attempted murder over the attack on Mr Salih, and the jury failed to reach a verdict.

As Brophy was sentenced, it emerged while awaiting trial in Chelmsford Prison for the Southend attacks in November, he had attacked a fellow inmate.

Brophy poured “nearly boiling”

water on the prisoner, who had to be treated in the burns unit at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.

Brophywas also sentenced for an attack on another inmate in June 2013, while doing time in Warren Hill Young Offenders’ Institution, Suffolk, for previous offences.

As sentence was passed on Friday, a relative of one of the victims called out “thank you, judge”.

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11:55am Tue 14 Jan 14

Russ13 says...

This cretin should be doing more thant 21 years and should have been done for attempted murder!
This cretin should be doing more thant 21 years and should have been done for attempted murder! Russ13
  • Score: 7

12:49pm Tue 14 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

Russ13 wrote:
This cretin should be doing more thant 21 years and should have been done for attempted murder!
That's jury's for you........ personally i'd get rid and let a judge decide
[quote][p][bold]Russ13[/bold] wrote: This cretin should be doing more thant 21 years and should have been done for attempted murder![/p][/quote]That's jury's for you........ personally i'd get rid and let a judge decide pembury53
  • Score: -2

1:44pm Tue 14 Jan 14

emcee says...

A danger out of prison, a danger inside prison.
Why do we waste so much time and huge amounts of money locking up people of this type? This vile person is never going to be "safe for release" and will always be volatile. In my opinion he is a prime candidate for the hangmans rope and it is animals like this which are a d*mn good reason for the return of capital punishment. Remove them from society, permantently. A place in which they deserve no membership.
A danger out of prison, a danger inside prison. Why do we waste so much time and huge amounts of money locking up people of this type? This vile person is never going to be "safe for release" and will always be volatile. In my opinion he is a prime candidate for the hangmans rope and it is animals like this which are a d*mn good reason for the return of capital punishment. Remove them from society, permantently. A place in which they deserve no membership. emcee
  • Score: 15

5:01pm Tue 14 Jan 14

tezzason1 says...

Why on earth is he serving his sentence in a young offenders institution? He is going to cost taxpayers a small fortune in food, water and other fringe benefits and will end up running the show with his track record. Far better to lock him up with hardened rapists, sex offenders and murderers, who will take care of the son-of-a-**** and save tax payers a fortune.
Why on earth is he serving his sentence in a young offenders institution? He is going to cost taxpayers a small fortune in food, water and other fringe benefits and will end up running the show with his track record. Far better to lock him up with hardened rapists, sex offenders and murderers, who will take care of the son-of-a-**** and save tax payers a fortune. tezzason1
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Tue 14 Jan 14

GSXR750 says...

The only real punishment this waste of space will receive is when he is in an adult prison and tries it on with the wrong person. Hope he gets all that he deserves, scumbag!
The only real punishment this waste of space will receive is when he is in an adult prison and tries it on with the wrong person. Hope he gets all that he deserves, scumbag! GSXR750
  • Score: 4

2:15am Wed 15 Jan 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

I hope he hates sky tv and asmuch xbox as he can play!
I hope he hates sky tv and asmuch xbox as he can play! ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: 0

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