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Police apology for upload error

Mo Bourner Credit: ITV Meridian

Police in Sussex have had to apologise after uploading a video clip of a man in custody to YouTube that revealed the name of witnesses to an attack on a 15-year-old boy.

Police said the two minute video clip of a 20 minute interview of Ashley Dacosta in custody was posted on July 30 - a day before his sentencing at Hove Crown Court for the attack on Mo Bourner.

It contained the names of several witnesses, which should have been edited out.

A spokesman said: "Having checked with the investigation team there is not believed to be any risk to the individuals named, all of whom were already known to Dacosta. There were no court orders prohibiting their names being reported.

"Nevertheless Sussex Police's policy is to remove names when providing such footage to the media, which did not happen in this case due to human error. As such, we are in the process of contacting those mentioned to apologise and reassure that the footage has been removed.

"We have withdrawn the license provided to the media to use it. We apologise for the error and any inconvenience it may have caused and thank you for your cooperation in not using the clip."

Dacosta, 20, of Bexhill, 20, punched Mo Bourner in the town in October 2011, leaving him with severe brain damage.

He was jailed for six years for racially-motivated grievous bodily harm.

Men sentenced after Bexhill attack

Ashley Dacosta, 20, and Jack Carrick, 25, both from Bexhill Credit: Sussex Police

A man has been jailed for six years in a young offenders institute following an attack in Sussex that left a teenager with severe brain damage.

Ashley Dacosta, 20, from Bexhill, pleaded guilty in June to racially motivated grievous bodily harm against Mo Bourner.

He was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice last week.

Jack Carrick, 25, also from Bexhill and found guilty of perverting the course of justice, was sentenced today to two years in jail.

15 year old Mo Bourner was assaulted in Bexhill last October.

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Men sentenced for Mo Bourner attack today

Ashley Dacosta, 20, and Jack Carrick, 25, both from Bexhill Credit: Sussex Police

Two men will be sentenced today in connection with an attack in Sussex that left a teenager with severe brain damage.

15 year old Mo Bourner was assaulted in Bexhill last October. Ashley Dacosta, 20, and Jack Carrick, 25, from Bexhill, were found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Ashley Dacosta will also be sentenced for racially motivated grievous bodily harm against Mo Bourner, for which he pleaded guilty to back in June.

Two guilty of perverting the course of justice after Bourner attack

Ashley Dacosta and Jack Carrick Credit: Sussex Police

Two men have been found guilty of perverting the course of justice after a teenager was attacked near a Sussex seafront.

15-year-old Mo Bourner suffered severe brain damage after the assault in Bexhill last October. Ashley Dacosta and Jack Carrick were found guilty after an eight day trial at Hove Crown Court. Carrick was also found guilty of witness intimidation.

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