Grandson jailed for brutal attack on pensioner

Yorkshire Evening Post | 19 Jan 2008 |

She challenged him about smoking cannabis and he responded by putting a chain on the door, turning out the lights and attacking her.

A PENSIONER was chased from room to room by her grandson in the home they shared and beaten so violently her face had to be repaired with metal plates.

Craig Wassell, 29, has been given a minimum jail term of three-and-a-half years but has been warned by a judge that parole officials are unlikely to release him while victim Audrey Downs is still alive.

Mrs Downs, 71, had brought up Wassell from birth and they shared a bungalow at Brinsworth, Rotherham.

She challenged him about smoking cannabis and he responded by putting a chain on the door, turning out the lights and attacking her

Prosecutor James Baird told Sheffield Crown Court: “He grabbed her by the throat, knocked her to the ground and punched her about the face and head.

“The argument spilled into the lounge. She feared for her life and fled into the bedroom. He followed her into the bathroom and repeatedly punched her to the face and top of her head.”

Wassell eventually put her on a settee but then smashed her mobile telephone and television before calling an ambulance. The crew found the kitchen ransacked and splattered with blood.

Mrs Downs spent two weeks in hospital and needed operations to repair fractured eye sockets, cheekbones and jaw.

“Her face is disfigured and she has an impaired sense of smell and taste, with blurring in one eye,” said Mr Baird. “Although she loves him she is in fear of him. The attack has caused enormous emotional stress.”

Wassell has admitted causing grievous bodily harm and Judge Roger Keen imposed a minimum sentence of three-and-a- half years before a parole board can consider his release.

Wassell had claimed his grandmother inflicted the injuries herself because she wanted him out of the bungalow.

In mitigation, his lawyer Simon Reevell said: “It is an incident which arises from difficulties in the relationship between two individuals. It is made worse because the idea of a young man attacking his grandmother is abhorrent to anybody.”

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/latest-news/grandson-jailed-for-brutal-attack-on-pensioner-1-2487621

Husband slashed his pregnant wife because she hid his drugs

Birmingham Mail | 11 Aug 2014 |

A husband slashed his pregnant wife with a Stanley knife and sprayed aftershave in her face because she hid his drugs stash.

Haroon Ashraf attacked wife Neelam at their Bordesley Green home during a row over missing bags of cannabis.

Jurors heard he slashed at the mum, who was nine weeks pregnant, while their one-year-old son was just a few feet away.

She was left with a deep wound to her arm which she’d raised to protect her face.

At Birmingham Crown Court, Ashraf, 24, now of Gilberthorpe Street, Rotherham, had denied charges of wounding with intent and assault by beating.

But a jury of four women and eight men took just one hour and 13 minutes to find the former factory worker guilty following a three-day trial.

They had heard Neelam had hidden the bags of cannabis she found on February 8 because she objected to her husband smoking the drug.

Two days later Ashraf subjected her to a three -hour attack in which he pulled her hair, slapped her, sprayed aftershave in her face and throttled her.

Then, on the morning of February 15, following a night of drinking, he used the knife on his wife of three years after she still refused to hand back the drugs.

Closing the case for the prosecution, Paul Whitfield told the jury: “The consequences could have been permanently disfiguring.

“He approached her and slashed at her.

“If she had not put her arm up she would have looked very different today.”

During the trial it was heard that Neelam and Ashraf had argued over his use of cannabis and his drinking in the run-up to the attack.

Neelam told the court after the knife attack she knew she had to contact police.

Giving evidence, she said: “I was really angry because I never knew he would do something like that. I have my son to think about, anything could have happened that day.”

Ashram had denied the charges, saying Neelam attacked him with a knife and stabbed herself in the arm.

He also denied the assault on February 10.

Ashram was released on bail until September 19 when he was warned by His Honour Judge Murray Creed a custodial sentence was almost inevitable.

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/husband-slashed-pregnant-wife-because-7592178

Schoolboys recorded themselves brutally assaulting shopkeeper in sickening racist attack

Liverpool Echo | 8 Mar 2017 |

Julian Linskill, defending the other 16-year-old, said the attack came after they smoked £90 of cannabis.

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/schoolboys-recorded-themselves-brutally-assaulting-12713275