Gang attacked victim with saw

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A MAN spent nine days in hospital after a gang attacked him with a saw.

The 51-year-old victim was dragged from his van before being punched, kicked and cut in several places with the wood saw.

He needed treatment to serration injuries to his head and body.

A court was told the attack was sparked by an argument over an alleged assault on a woman known to those involved.

Four men admitted their part on the attack when they appeared at Teesside Crown Court – including a father and his son, and a serving soldier.

A 17-year-old youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also involved.

Graham Jones, 48, of Edinburgh Square, Carley Hill, Sunderland, denied wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, but admitted the lesser charge of unlawful wounding.

His 19-year-old son, also called Graham Jones of the same address, admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

Scott Telford, 20, a serving soldier from Thornley, admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm. The 17-year-old admitted unlawful wounding.

The attack happened in Wordsworth Avenue, Wheatley Hill, on October 14, last year.

Shaun Routledge, for the 17-year-old, said his client’s case may be sent back to the youth court for sentence.

Robert Adams, for Graham Jones snr, said he was a man of previous good character who would not require a pre-sentence report before being dealt with.

Paul Currer, for Graham Jones jnr, said his client has a previous conviction for violence and would need a report.

Rachel Hedworth, for Telford, said no report would be needed in his case.

Adjourning the case until next month, Judge Howard Crowson said: “You have all pleaded guilty to a very serious offence, and you are all at risk of a significant period of imprisonment.”

The three adults were remanded in custody, and the teenager bailed to an address known to the court.