Couple jailed after Washington New Year’s Day attack

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A MAN and woman who carried out an unprovoked assault on total strangers have been jailed.

Andrew Dowsett, 22, of Beckford, Pattinson, Washington, and Victoria Kingsbury, 33, of Rowan Avenue, Harraton, Washington, were walking along Sycamore Avenue in Harraton in the early hours of New Year’s Day, 2012, when they encountered their victims.

An argument broke out which escalated into a fight, leaving a 24-year old man with a broken jaw and a 19-year-old woman suffering cuts and bruises.

At Newcastle Crown Court today, Monday March 18, Dowsett was jailed five and a half years for assault and Kingsbury received a 10 month jail term suspended for two years for assault.

Detective Inspector Paul Woods said: “This was an unprovoked attack on two people who were simply out celebrating the New Year. I welcome the sentences today which show how seriously incidents of this nature are taken.”