Meet the Stoke-on-Trent three who left addict half-naked after savage beating


These are the faces of the Stoke-on-three who left an addict with horrific injuries following a ‘ferocious and degrading’ beating.

Rio Bailey and Stuart Jarvis repeatedly punched and kicked the victim during the attack at an address in Windermere Street, Cobridge.

As he tried to escape through the front door, the pair dragged him back snapping the handle off in the process.

They then started demanding money from the victim, with Kimberly Sullivan joining the shouts of ‘give us the money’.

With the victim on the floor, Sullivan pinned their legs down and Bailey sat on his torso, punching him in the face.

They then started removing the victim’s trousers, shoes and jacket to see whether he had any cash hidden away.

It was at this point the victim – a recovering drug user who was then offered monkey dust four weeks earlier reigniting his addiction – was able to free themselves and get out into the street to scream for help.

His mobile phone and £100 was stolen during the robbery, which happened between 6am and 8am on July 5, 2019.

Bailey, Jarvis and Sullivan all fled on foot towards Waterloo Road.

After officers responded to calls and searched the area, Jarvis was spotted on Windermere Street with another woman knocking on an address and was arrested.

He was carrying a dagger inside a pendant tied around his neck.

Bailey – a former athlete who had previously spoken to The Sentinel about his addiction – was found at Central Forest Park and arrested, while Sullivan was spotted in a field off York Street and was then arrested on a nearby footpath.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard the victim suffered bleeding from their ears, mouth and from a cut on their forehead which needed six stitches.

They also sustained a broken eye socket, and swelling to their face and jaw and another cut on their left hand.

While on remand in HMP Dovegate, near Uttoxeter, Bailey used the prison phone to arrange for his friends and family to intimidate the victim.

Ashley Pullin was asked to offer the victim money to either not attend court or blame the other defendants. Pullin admitted offering the victim money and acting as a go-between, but denied ever making threats.

Bailey, aged 27, of High Street, Knutton, pleaded guilty to robbery, wounding, and conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice and was jailed for six years and seven months altogether.

Jarvis, aged 43, of St Mark’s Close, Shelton, pleaded guilty to robbery, wounding and having a dagger in public on July 5, 2019. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Sullivan, aged 31, Westminster Place, Hanford, admitted robbery and was jailed for 42 months.

Pullin, aged 25, of Moorthorne Crescent, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice. He was sentenced to 16 months in prison, suspended for two years.

The court heard the victim has since been living in constant fear for his life and he has not been able to return to work. He thought he was going to die during the assault and has now moved away from the area.

All four defendants have also been made subject to a 10-year restraining order, banning them from contacting the robbery victim.

Former athlete Rio Bailey has previously spoken to The Sentinel about his battle with drugs

Speaking after the four defendants received their sentences, DC Dave Stubbs, from Staffordshire Police’s CID North, said: “This was a brutal and unprovoked attack on a vulnerable victim. The victim was left with some serious injuries following the sustained attack by Bailey, Jarvis and Sullivan.

“The offence was then aggravated following efforts by Bailey to obstruct the course of justice by getting his friend Pullin to contact the victim and offer to pay him off to prevent him from turning up at court or give evidence against him.

“Detectives worked hard to ensure that the criminal justice process was not interfered with and additional charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice were served on Bailey and Pullin and the victim safeguarded.

“Staffordshire Police will work tirelessly to protect and support victims of crime and to bring offenders of such serious offences to justice. The sentences given out reflect the seriousness of the offences.”





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