Sunderland attacker threatened to “do a Raoul Moat” – court told

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AN attacker threatened to “do a Raoul Moat” after climbing through his ex-girlfriend’s bedroom window and launching a brutal beating.

 Mark Riddell, 30, was banned by a court order, which he persistently breached, from having any contact with or going within 100 metres of the home of his ex.

 But on October 15 last year, the woman was woken by the sound of stones being thrown at her bedroom window. Riddell burst through it when she opened it to investigate.

 Prosecutor Kevin Wardlaw told the court Riddell had climbed up on to a roof area at the house and launched the attack as soon as he got inside.

 Mr Wardlaw said: “He kicked her between the legs causing her to fall to the ground.

 “There was a number of further kicks towards her vaginal area, back and body.

 “He made reference that he would do a Raoul Moat towards the complainant.”

 Riddell, of Felstead Square, Sunderland, had admitted assault and breach of a non-molestation order.

 Judge Paul Sloan sentenced Riddell to 34 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and 120 hours’ unpaid work.

 The judge said the sentence could be suspended because Riddell has been on remand since the offence was commited and it was time to take a “constructive view”.

 Judge Sloan said: “She was extremely scared as a result.”