Boyfriend who led terrifying attack on man he found in girlfriend’s Sunderland home jailed for nine years

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A BOYFRIEND who launched a brutal attack when he found another man in his girlfriend’s home has been jailed for nine years.

Christopher Ball and two pals used baseball bats and bit their victim in the joint attack on Greg Stafford, last November, when they found him inside Lisa Jefferson’s Sunderland home.

Chris Ball

Chris Ball

Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim was left with three gaping wounds to his head which needed 28 staples, was partially choked and lost consciousness during the beating, which he feels lucky to have survived.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday, Judge Simon Hickey branded Ball, 29, who has a violent history, involving attempted armed robbery and an attack which left a police officer blinded, a danger to the public.

Judge Hickey said: “In my judgement what this case involves is a sustained, unprovoked attack upon a man you had never met.

“It took place when you broke into your partner’s home.

“You were the leading role in this case because of the motive.

“You were upset by your girlfriend having someone else in the house, that is the only common sense view and that is why he was attacked.

“There is a significant risk of serious harm in future, that is why I judge you as dangerous.”

Ball was given an extra three years of licence period because of the judge’s ruling that he is dangerous.

The court heard Mr Stafford had met Miss Jefferson during a night out in Sunderland last November and went back to her home in Halstead Square. Within minutes they realised the door was being smashed in and the attackers entered before either got a chance to call the police.

During the onslaught of violence on Mr Stafford he heard one attacker say “smash his legs”, while he was repeatedly hit with the bats and “choked to losing consciousness”.

Ball’s DNA was found on the bitemark left on Mr Stafford’s shoulder and the victim’s blood was found in a car registered to Ball.

Mr Stafford had three large wounds to his head as well as injuries to his face, shoulder, side, leg and both arms.

The court heard he has made a “remarkable” recovery from his injuries, but told police: “I am lucky I wasn’t killed on that night.”

Peter Walsh, defending, said Ball hopes to make a new life in Scotland when he is released and has gained qualifications to get work in the oil industry.

Ball, of no fixed abode, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on the basis he did not use a baseball bat himself in the attack, and had initially thought Mr Stafford was an intruder when he saw him in Miss Jefferson’s home.