Meat cleaver attacker jailed for 13 years

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A MAN who attacked his mother’s ex-partner with a meat cleaver has been jailed for 13 years.

Lee Keegan Sheraton, 22, caused life-threatening injuries to Alan Marley and left him scarred for life, Durham Crown Court heard.

Also in the dock with Sheraton was his mother, Beverley Pringle, who was given a suspended sentence for assisting her son’s offending.

Prosecutor Graeme Gaston said the three people were socialising together in the garden on the afternoon of May 31, last year when Sheraton took exception to a remark made by Mr Marley.

“It may have been about Sheraton’s younger brother,” Mr Gaston added.

“Mr Marley can remember very little of what happened, other than seeing a meat cleaver poised over his head.

“At least three blows were struck, causing a three-inch wound down to the bone on Mr Marley’s left cheek, and a six-inch wound to the bone from his nose across his right cheek.”

The court heard Mr Marley, 44, is scarred for life, now suffers from psychological difficulties, and is embarrassed to leave the house. Beverley Pringle drove her son away from the scene, but police were able to follow a trail of blood to her home.

Sheraton, 22, of Fourth Avenue, Chester-le-Street, admitted wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and possessing an offensive weapon.

Pringle, 45, of the same address, admitted assisting an offender.

Peter Schofield, for Sheraton, said his client was sorry for what he had done, but accepted he was facing a long sentence.

Tom Moran, for Pringle, said she had driven her son away from the scene, but encouraged him to give himself up the next day.

The Recorder, Mr Jeremy Hill Baker, sentenced Sheraton to 13 years, plus an extended licence of five years.

Pringle was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

The Recorder told Sheraton: “You have a record of knife and violent offending.

“I am satisfied you present a danger to the public.”

Sheraton was made the subject of an indefinite restraining order banning him from contacting Mr Marley.