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'Appalling' burglary and attack sees Wrexham man jailed

Published date: 11 July 2014 |
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A SECOND man who attacked another in his home – in a case of mistaken identity – has been jailed.

Lee Jones, of Llys David Lord in Wrexham, received two years after he admitted burglary and assault.

Mold Crown Court was told yesterday how a man started to answer a knock at his door when two men burst in and attacked him.

He was pushed him into a chair and repeatedly struck, explained prosecuting barrister James Coutts.

Mold Crown Court heard the victim said he was going to phone the police.

But Lee Jones, 29, grabbed the phone and threw it against the wall.

A female then arrived and shouted at them to leave him.

But Jones threatened to rape a member of his family if he reported it to the police.

And he threatened a woman witness that he would bomb her home and her child inside it.

Judge Niclas Parry said Jones was set on revenge but in a case of mistaken identity, he attacked a total stranger.

It was aggravated by his appalling record which included robbery, assault, burglary and affray.

“This was an appalling incident on unprovoked violence,” Judge Parry said.

He entered the victim’s home with another man and dragged him from one room to another. The victim was forced to sit in a chair and they took turns to forcibly punch him.

When Jones left he threatened serious violence.

Mercifully the injuries were not as serious as they could have been.

The judge warned Jones he could have been facing a far more serious charge.

Henry Hills, defending, said the most serious aspect of the case was the assault, which a second man had taken the lead in.

At an earlier hearing, 24-year-old Scott Langford, of Trouper Court, Hightown, Wrexham, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was jailed for 12 months, to be serve consecutively to a prison sentence he was already serving.

Following the case Detective Sergeant Ros Hewitt of Wrexham CID said: “This was an extremely nasty incident whereby an innocent member of the public was subjected to an unprovoked attack.

“We are pleased with the sentence passed and believe it is reflective of the serious nature of the incident.”

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