DONCASTER, ENGLAND – A gang of masked assailants has been sentenced to a total of over 50 years in prison for a vicious attack on two teenage boys in an abandoned warehouse. Mark Siddall, John and Robert Mahoney, and Kian Carte were convicted of assaulting the young victims in the Askern area of Doncaster on April 11, 2023.
The perpetrators used bats and machetes to viciously beat and slash the 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys, leaving them with severe injuries. The older victim, in particular, thought he was going to die from the pain and blood loss, pretending to be dead to stop the attack. The attackers even threatened to kill him with a machete.
The 16-year-old underwent eight hours of surgery for injuries to his arms, face, back, and head, while the 15-year-old suffered stab wounds and a serious head injury. The group was arrested and charged with attempted murder, but later pleaded guilty to two counts of assault causing grievous bodily harm.
On February 6, 2023, the four perpetrators were sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court to a combined total of 53 years and eight months in prison. The Mahoney brothers, Carte, and Siddall received sentences ranging from 13 to 14 years, with Siddall also being convicted of occasioning actual bodily harm in a separate attack in Bridlington in August 2022.
Detective Sergeant Kath Coulter praised the investigative team for quick identification of the perpetrators and expressed satisfaction at the lengthy sentences. She also expressed hope that the sentences would provide some closure to the victims as they work on recovering from the physical and mental trauma inflicted upon them.