|Two jailed after attack on woman after night out - Wigan
Glen Muddiman and Dean Ackers
Two men have been jailed after a woman's head was stamped on after a night out in Wigan.
Before Liverpool Crown Court, Glen Muddiman (born 11/12/1981) of HMP Liverpool pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.
Today, Monday 26 October 2009, Muddiman was sentenced to three and a half years for the assault and six months in prison for possession of the weapon. These sentences will run concurrently.
Dean Ackers (born 8/6/88) of Rivers Street, Orrell pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weaspon. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for the assault and six months for possessing the weapon. These sentences will run concurrently.
Ackers and Muddiman had been out in Wigan town centre on 8 June 2009, celebrating Ackers' 21st birthday.
The pair got involved in a fight with two men on Library Street, Wigan at about midnight, which they felt they had lost.
Wanting revenge, the pair went to Muddiman's van that was parked nearby and armed themselves with a crow bar and a chisel.
They went back to Market Street, and the other group ran away. Ackers and Muddiman did however manage to catch a 31-year-old woman who was part of the group.
The pair punched the victim to the floor and kicked and stamped on her head. Muddiman then stabbed the woman in the ankle with the chisel.
Police officers saw the attack taking place and immediately went to the scene, arresting the pair immediately.
The police also managed to recover the weapons the pair tried to discard.
The victim received a wound to her head and a stab wound to her leg, from which she has made a full recovery after a short stay in hospital.
Detective Constable Rob Kitchen said: "This was a horrendous, disproportionate attack on a lone woman.
"It was cowardly for Muddiman and Ackers to take their frustrations out on her in this way.
"They armed themselves with weapons that would cause serious harm. Offenders like this belong in only one place, and that is behind bars.
"Wigan is like many town centres that have to put up with a drink fuelled violence on weekends.
"We are committed to making our town and city centres safer and working with the public, parents and licensees we are determined to reduce violent crime and give people the confidence to enjoy their town centres without fear of being assaulted."