Bat and Machete-Wielding Gang Sentenced to 53 Years for Brutal Assault on Young Boys

A disturbing group of balaclava-clad men, armed with bats and machetes, has been sentenced to a total of over 50 years in jail for the brutal attack on two young boys in an abandoned warehouse located in the Askern area of Doncaster. John and Robert Mahoney, Kian Carte, and Mark Siddall assaulted a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old boy on April 11, 2023, leaving them with severe injuries that will leave scars for the rest of their lives.

The group viciously chopped and slashed at the boys with their weapons, with one of the victims left in excruciating pain and thinking he was going to die. The other victim sustained deep cuts to his hand and back, as well as a serious head injury. Both boys were left with significant injuries to their arms, face, back, and head, with the 16-year-old undergoing eight hours of surgery after the attack.

After initially pleading not guilty, the four attackers later admitted to two counts of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm (GBH) at Sheffield Crown Court. On February 6, 2024, they were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court, receiving a combined total of 53 years and eight months in jail.

Detective Sergeant Kath Coulter described the attack as “utterly abhorrent” and emphasized the severity of the injuries inflicted on the victims. She praised the investigative team for quickly identifying the perpetrators and for their hard work in securing convictions.

John Mahoney, 38, of Laurel Terrace, Skellow, was sentenced to 13 years in prison, as was his brother, Robert Mahoney, 41, of Crossfield Lane, Skellow. Carte, 22, of Laurel Terrace, Skellow, was given a 14-year sentence, while Siddall, 39, of Acacia Road, Skellow, received 13 years and eight months, with an additional count of occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) for a previous attack in Bridlington in August 2022.

Detective Sergeant Coulter expressed hope that the lengthy sentences served on the perpetrators can provide some closure to the victims as they attempt to recover from the physical and mental trauma inflicted upon them.