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A MAN was warned he faces a lengthy jail sentence after admitting a charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

William Burnside, 24, of Elton Parade, Darlington, ‘glassed’ his victim with a beer bottle leaving him with deep cuts to his face and arm.

The attack happened in Darlington town centre on August 27 this year.

Burnside appeared at Teesside Crown Court and pleaded guilty to the offence in front of Recorder Bernard Gateshill.

Adjourning the case for a pre-sentence report, Recorder Gateshill told the defendant: “Cases of this kind inevitably attract lengthy custodial sentences. You must be prepared for such an outcome.

“The fact that I am adjourning your case and granting you bail must not give you any grounds for hope that there will be an alternative outcome.”

Burnside is due to be sentenced next year on January 13.


The Northern Echo

Burnside 2nd left.

Burnside 2nd left.

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A HOMELESS man attacked a worker going home from a Christmas party so severely his face had to be reconstructed.

Nineteen-year-old Lee Wells, who was on bail for brandishing a hammer 10 days earlier, set on 42-year-old Robert Johnson outside the YMCA hostel in Harding Road, Hanley.

The incident occurred in the early hours of December 6 last year as Mr Johnson made his way from The Quality Hotel in Trinity Street.

He was left with a fractured jaw and eye sockets and had to undergo four operations to have plates inserted into his face.

Wells, of no fixed address, who pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm, was sentenced at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court yesterday.

Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said: “Mr Johnson left the Quality Hotel in Hanley some time after midnight.

“He had no other recollection of the events that occurred except that he was the subject of assault leading to substantial injuries.

“On returning home he realised he had forgotten his keys and left them at the Quality Hotel.”

Mr Johnson then returned by taxi to the hotel, where he collected his keys and set off home again.

Mr Spratt added: “It was at the point that he was walking back from Hanley town centre past the YMCA that the attack occurred. He says he was attacked but has no recollection of the attack as it occurred.”

The court heard Mr Johnson had been left with headaches, numbness in his face and difficulty eating as a result of the incident.

At the time of the attack, Wells was on bail for an incident on November 25 when he was caught with a hammer in Harding Road. On that occasion, he was in the company of two other men who were found with an African-style club and a knife.

He tried to prevent arrest by hiding in a ground floor storeroom of the hostel but was discovered.

Sarah Badrawy, defending, said Wells had experienced a very difficult upbringing. She said: “He had a number of adverse events at a crucial stage in his life.

“He suffered from rejection from both his family and rejection from his foster family.

“It is at that stage he found himself of no fixed abode. He spent his life moving from different friends’ sofas and homeless hostels.”

Referring to two psychiatric reports, Judge Granville Styler said Wells was “very dangerous young man” but said he was limited in his sentencing options.

He imposed a 12-month jail sentence for possessing an offensive weapon and affray, and 30 months consecutively for the grievous bodily harm.

He said: “The public should know that the psychiatric report says he poses a high risk of serious harm to others.”

Stoke Sentinel

A CRAZED English Defence League supporter from Rowley Regis has been jailed for brandishing an air rifle as he shouted racial abuse at a Muslim family’s home.

Neighbours of the Muslim family were terrified after seeing Shaun Havelin, aged 28, screaming and shouting racial taunts with the gun whilst wearing an EDL sweater.

The incident was sparked after an argument with his mother at her Warley Hall Road in which he shook his beloved sweater in her face and said: “I want to die in this.”

He then charged round to the Muslim’s family’s house in a nearby street not realising they were not at home.

Judge Martin Walsh told Havelin it was clear his anger had been directed at the house where the Muslim family lived.

He said: “Members of the public who saw you were in fear for their personal safety.”

Miss Sarah Pratt, prosecuting, said: “The gun was pointed towards the floor but his finger was on the trigger and his other hand was holding the barrel.

“People who saw him were very scared fearing he would be able to quickly lift the rifle and fire at them because in the dark, they did not know it was an unloaded air rifle.”

Keith Ingram just happened to be in the street and he later told police officers he believed he could have been shot and he reflected on the incident on a daily basis.

Havelin was bailed by police after his arrest and he appeared before Crown Court to deny charges but after learning his mother was to be a witness for the prosecution he warned her he would make sure she never gave evidence before smashing a window in her car.

Miss Pratt said he was allowed bail again and after bumping into a former partner by chance near Blackheath High Street Havelin punched her hard in the face fracturing an eye socket.

Havelin, of Ruskin Avenue, admitted possessing a firearm, witness intimidation and causing grievous bodily harm and the judge further made a five year restraining order forbidding him from having any contact with his ex-partner.

Mr Nathan Cook defending stressed Havelin had not pointed the rifle at anyone and told the court he realised the distress he had caused to people in the area.

Halesowen News

David Morris

David Morris


A racist thug jailed for attacking Kingston Mosque is back in prison months after being released – this time for brutally stabbing a man during a wake.

David Morris knifed construction worker Edminas Samulionis at Hart’s Boatyard in Surbiton on December 13, 2012.

In what police described as a “deeply disturbing” act, Morris – who had played no part in the fight up to that point – was captured on CCTV leaving the Portsmouth Road pub and walking to his van in the car park.

He returned with a 7in blade and stabbed Lithuanian-born Mr Samulionis repeatedly, before leaving in his van at speed.

The victim suffered a punctured lung and has still not fully recovered from the attack. It is understood he has since returned to his home country.

On Friday at Kingston Crown Court, Morris, 22, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm. He had originally been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Speaking after the sentencing, detective constable Tony Holley said: “This was a deeply disturbing result to an incident that got completely out of hand.

“Not only was David Morris not involved with the argument, but he had not engaged in the fighting at all, yet he took it upon himself to calmly leave the venue, arm himself with a knife, re-enter and repeatedly stab somebody who was incapacitated on the floor.

“I believe Mr Samulionis is very lucky to have escaped without more serious injuries, although he has still not fully recovered.”

Mr Samulionis was one of six construction workers enjoying a Christmas meal at Hart’s Boatyard at the same time as the wake, which Morris was attending.

He had started a conversation with the girlfriend of another member of the wake, Liam Fernandez, who confronted Mr Samulionis.

A fight later broke out involving Mr Samulionis and colleague Mantas Zakrys, who was put in a headlock and bottled.

Morris then walked to his van and got the knife before returning to stab Mr Samulionis.

Fernandez, 27, of Carnforth Close, Epsom, pleaded guilty to affray and was handed an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, at an earlier hearing.

Morris, of Elm Way, Epsom, was among three men sentenced to prison in April last year for an unprovoked attack on Kingston Mosque.

He had been part of a gang of masked men who targeted the mosque after a march in November 2010.

He received six months for racially aggravated criminal damage, after throwing rashers of bacon over the Islamic place of worship.

Surrey Comet


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