Slashed and battered – brutal attack on Sunderland mum

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A KNIFEMAN locked a battered and bleeding mum inside her own home after a terrifying slash attack.

The woman had known Steven Hanson for just a week after a chance meeting on a Metro, when he turned up at her house drunk and high on crack cocaine.

During the violence that followed the 20-year-old slashed the victim’s shoulder with a knife, battered her, dragged her by the hair, smashed a mirror and pulled an internal door from its hinges.

Even after she escaped from the house Hanson threatened her with a pair of pliers to the face to force her back inside, locked her in and took the keys.

Newcastle Crown Court heard it was only after he left she was able to break out and run to a phone box to call for help.

Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court Hanson had turned up at the woman’s Sunderland home uninvited and simply walked in, with two pals, on September 27 last year.

Hanson told the woman he could come into the house “if he wanted to” and launched a punching attack when she objected.

Hanson, of Dundas Street, Monkwearmouth, admitted assault.

Mr Rowland told the court: “He grabbed her by the hair and started to drag her around.

“She was dragged into the kitchen from the living room area.

“The defendant took a knife out from the kitchen drawer.

“At the time she was wearing a sleeveless top.

“He quickly used the knife in a slashing motion across the top of her left shoulder.”

Mr Rowland said the victim got out of the house but Hanson quickly caught up with her.

He added: “He had a set of pliers and was pointing them in her direction, near her face, therefore she complied and went back to the house and the defendant locked the door.

“He then left, locking the door behind him and taking the key.”

The woman told police: “I thought I was going to die” and said she was petrified during the attack.

Judge Brian Forster jailed Hanson for 16 months.

The judge told him: “What you did was very serious.

“It has had a considerable impact upon your victim.

“This was a sustained assault, it involved the use of a knife and you were effected by the consumption of drugs.”

Lewis Kerr, defending, said: “It is clear the combination of drug use and alcohol use had a significant effect on his behaviour at the time.”

Mr Kerr said Hanson’s long history of offending is linked to his drug use.

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