I'm very sorry to hear what happened to your brother.
S.18 Wounding/GBH with Intent is very serious, the next charge up would actually be Attempted Murder....
Once the defendants have been charged, your brother will be allocated a Witness Care Officer (WCO), an employee of either the Crown Prosecution
Service or your local Police Force. They are responsible for supporting and updating your brother throughout the entire case. If he does not hear
from a Witness Care Officer tell him to ask the police officer dealing with the case for the Witness Care Unit phone number.
Unfortunately it's impossible to predict the likely sentence outcome, it depends on so many factors, mainly whether the defendants plead ''guilty'' or
''not guilty'' to the charge. Previous convictions, in particular for other violent offences, will also have to be looked at when the Judge decides
If they plead 'guilty' they will get a far lighter sentence, particularly if they have shown remorse for their actions. I have seen people get
sentenced to 1 to 4 years imprisonment for a 'guilty' plea.
If however the defendants plead 'not guilty' then the case will have to go to trial at Crown Court and your brother will get called as a Prosecution
witness. It is then up to the jury to find the defendants innocent or guilty. Although it will not be easy or pleasant for your brother to go
through this, should the jury find the defendants guilty after a full trial then they will receive a long sentence - 11 years is the most I have ever
Also, the defendants may offer a 'plea bargain', which means they may agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge, such as S.20 Wounding/GBH (which is
WITHOUT intent and is therefore less serious and hence carries a lower sentence). It also means that your brother will not have to go through the
trauma of being a witness at court and also guarantees a conviction (whereas if a case goes to trial there is unfortunately always a chance that a
jury could find a defendant 'not guilty' and they may get off with it scott-free).
One more thing, whether the defendants plead guilty at the outset or if they get acquitted or convicted after a Court Court trial, your brother will
still be eligible to claim compensation under CICA (Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority), although this cannot be processed until the criminal
proceedings are finalised. Your brothers Witness Care Officer will refer him or he can apply himself online at
Even small scars, particularly on the face, can bring compensation of £20,000 minimum. If a
victim has previous convictions themselves though, particularly for violent offences, they probably won't get much, if anything....
I hope this helps and I hope he is feeling better soon. Tell him to keep in touch with the OIC (the police officer assigned to the case) and then
await to hear from his Witness Care Officer.
edit on 2-1-2013 by paradisepurple because: Sp.