Pensioner facing jail after he took the rap for his son’s violent act

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A FRAIL pensioner who falsely claimed he was responsible for a street attack carried out by his son has been told he is facing jail.

Raymond Maddock, who walks with the aid of a frame, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent after he made the false confession that it was he who left Darren Docherty unconscious and badly injured in the street in Concord, Washington, last August.

At Newcastle Crown Court, the charge, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, was dropped against the 65-year-old after his son Shaun Maddock, 46, pleaded guilty. Mr Docherty suffered serious injuries after he was assaulted and then urinated on by a group of attackers.

Maddock snr pleaded guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice in relation to giving a false account after the assault.

Graeme Cook, prosecuting, said: “He was saying he was responsible.”

Judge Paul Sloan QC adjourned the case for the preparation of reports.

Both men were granted bail in the meantime, but the judge warned: “All sentencing options remain open, and in the circumstances of this case that does include custodial sentences.”

Glen Gatland, defending, said Maddock jnr accepts throwing just punches during the attack, but he did not urinate on the victim.

Mr Gatland said: “That was the other men. The defendant says he was not aware of that.

“There is no suggestion this defendant did that.”

Maddock snr, of Hertburn Gardens, and his son, of Trafalgar Road, both Washington, will be back in court during the week commencing August 12.