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"I am satisfied both of you present a significant risk of serious harm in future to members of the public by the commission of further offences..." - Judge Michael Carroll
"I am satisfied you pursued Mr McMaster because he had the temerity to intervene in an earlier incident involving you Musgrave kicking Alan Murray as he lay on the ground," he said.
"You also drove your car towards him, causing him to take avoiding action. He threw a can at your car. Your behaviour was completely disproportionate to that event.
"It was soon after that both of you left the safety of the car having armed yourself with a hammer. You used it on Mr McMaster, at one point while he lay on the ground offering no resistance."
The judge said the victim "miraculously" appeared to have made a reasonable recovery from extremely serious injuries.
"I am satisfied both of you present a significant risk of serious harm in future to members of the public by the commission of further offences," he added.
Tom Stern, for Musgrave, said the father-of-two came to the UK from Belize at the age of five and had lived in the Maidstone area ever since.
Mr Stern described the attack as ugly and unpleasant but submitted that a determinate, rather than extended, sentence should be imposed.
There was nothing sinister about the hammer being in his car, he said, as he used it in his work as a roofer.
John Fitzgerald, for Quinnell, said his client's role was a lesser one and should be distinguished from that of Musgrave, who wielded the hammer.
Quinnell, also a father, admitted he was "100% in the wrong".
"When he saw the photographs (of Mr McMaster's injuries) he was full of regret," said Mr Fitzgerald.
Quinnell had been sentenced to four years' youth custody, reduced to three years on appeal, in 2002 for wounding with intent when he stabbed a man in the chest with a broken bottle.
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