A thug who launched a brutal attack after a row at an Isleworth petrol station has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence.
Carl Wreford was one of two men who assaulted a 25-year-old victim, breaking his teeth and leaving him badly bruised, following an argument on the forecourt of Shell petrol station, in Great West Road, on June 8 last year.
The air conditioning engineer, of Winslow Way, Feltham, admitted GBH and was last Wednesday (June 25) sentenced at Kingston Crown Court to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months. The sentence means he faces jail if he is convicted of another offence in the next year and a half.
Wreford, 25, was also ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid work and to pay £4,000 compensation, plus an additional victim surcharge of £100.
Wreford and a second unidentified suspect had become embroiled in a row with the victim at the station forecourt shortly before midnight.
The victim walked round the corner of the station and was followed by the unknown attacker, on foot, and by Wreford, who drove round to join his companion.
Together, Wreford and the second suspect brutally beat the victim, only stopping when a member of public intervened.
Wreford, who denied the more serious charge of GBH with intent, for which the prosecution offered no evidence, then drove off in his car with his fellow attacker.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Pearce, of Hounslow CID, said: "This was a cowardly attack on a young man who, but for the intervention of a good samaritan, could have sustained even worse injuries.
"I would like to thank that witness, as they provided crucial evidence. We rely on the support of the public in cases like this, to ensure that justice is done."