Thug jailed for breaking plates over his sister’s head in terrifying attack

RECORD OF VIOLENCE ... Anthony Taggart has been jailed for attacking his sister and a friend.
RECORD OF VIOLENCE ... Anthony Taggart has been jailed for attacking his sister and a friend.
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A BROTHER who broke plates over his sister’s head during a terrifying attack at her home has been jailed.

Anthony Taggart was already on a community order for earlier violence on Gemma Taggart, when he stamped on her head and chest after punching her to the floor in January.

He hit his sister over the head with plates, causing them to smash, and stamped on her head and chest. She ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside.

Bridie Smurthwaite, prosecutor

The attack, at Miss Taggart’s Sunderland home, came to an end when the petrified sibling locked herself inside her bathroom.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Taggart, 29, who was also on a suspended sentence for earlier, unrelated, violence, was jailed for a total of 12 months.

He had pleaded guilty to an assault charge on his sister and common assault on his friend Kenneth Latimer, who was attacked when he tried to stop the trouble.

Prosecutor Bridie Smurthwaite told the court Miss Taggart had allowed her brother to stay with her while he was out on bail, and an argument started when he lost her bank card.

Miss Smurthwaite said: “He punched her on the nose, causing it to bleed.

“His friend Kenneth Latimer intervened to stop the attack and the defendant then punched Mr Latimer repeatedly to his face and head.

“Gemma Taggart intervened to help Mr Latimer and the defendant turned on her again, punching her on the nose, knocking her to the floor and continuing to punch her while she was on the floor.

“Mr Latimer again tried to stop the defendant attacking his sister.

“Gemma Taggart ran into the kitchen and shut the door.

“The defendant forced his way inside and continued the assault.

“He hit his sister over the head with plates, causing them to smash, and stamped on her head and chest.

“She ran to the bathroom and locked herself inside.”

The court heard Miss Taggart was left with bruising, swelling and pain after the assault.

She told police after the attack: “I am disgusted at what my brother has done to me.

“I allowed him to stay at my home to help him. I was so scared of him.

“I didn’t think he would be like this with his sister or his friend.”

Mr Recorder Paul Isaacs told Taggart: “You have a terrible record in relation to this sort of violent offending and once more your poor sister seems to have got the brunt of it.”

Andy Rutter, defending, said Taggart, of no fixed address, was mourning the deaths of two friends, who had both been killed unlawfully and one of which died in his arms.

Mr Rutter said: “With these circumstances weighing heavily upon him he committed these offences against his sister and his friend. He cannot remember, such was his intoxicated state.”

Mr Rutter said both victims have forgiven Taggart, who now realises he needs to change, for what he did that day and understand what he was going through at the time.