A man who violently broke another man’s legs leaving him with long-term mobility issues has been sentenced.

Mikele Abraham, aged 30, of no fixed abode, attacked a 38-year-old victim following a dispute about money on October 27, 2019.

St Albans Crown Court heard that Abraham chased the victim about 100 metres along Drovers Way in St Albans with a four-foot long metal pole.

Once they reached Adelaide Street, Abraham hit the man in his legs up to ten times by raising the pole above his head each time, whilst the victim was on the floor.

Abraham was arrested in Civic Close a short time later having discarded the pole.

St Albans Local Crime Unit Detective Constable Stephanie Phillips said: “This was a brutal attack which inflicted serious long-term injuries to a man who has had to have surgery and continues to have ongoing mobility issues to both of his legs.

“It also had a serious impact on people out and about enjoying themselves that evening and people dining at Bar Meze where the attack happened at 9.30pm.

“This level of violence and the long-term impact for this man was so serious that he rightly received a 10-year custodial sentence.”

Abraham was charged and remanded until his trial, which started on October 5 and he was found guilty of GBH on October 9. He was sentenced on October 15. He was given 10.5 years for GBH and nine months imprisonment, to run concurrently, for possession of an offensive weapon.