Thug who attacked Tonge Moor driver with meat cleaver jailed

Bolton Crown Court

Bolton Crown Court

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A MAN who attacked a motorist with a meat cleaver wept as he was jailed for 12 months at Bolton Crown Court.

Callum Schofield approached terrified driver Ross Barnes with a cleaver and house brick after a late night confrontation on Tonge Moor Road in March last year.

Phillip Parry, prosecuting, told the court that 19-year-old Mr Barnes was driving towards Bury with passenger Tony Abbott when a beer bottle smashed against his car and his wing mirror came off.

The bottle had been thrown by 21-year-old Schofield. Mr Barnes turned his car round to retrieve the wing mirror. Schofield shouted threats towards the driver, who parked 40 yards away.

Meanwhile, Schofield went into a house and came out brandishing a 12-inch bladed meat cleaver and a house brick, throwing the latter through the Polo’s rear window.

Mr Parry said Schofield kicked Mr Barnes and caught him on the arm with the cleaver.

Mr Barnes got in his car and tried to drive away, but Schofield reached through the window and tried to grab the keys, cutting Mr Barnes’ cheek with the cleaver.

Then Daniel Roberts, who had been to a nearby takeaway, joined in, punching passenger Mr Abbott and pulling him out of the vehicle.

Schofield then jumped in the car and drove off, leaving the two victims in the road and abandoned the vehicle a short distance away.

Mr Barnes needed treatment to glue his cut cheek and Mr Abbott suffered a cut face.

Schofield, of Tonge Moor Road, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, carrying an offensive weapon, criminal damage and taking a vehicle without consent.

Paul Tonge, defending, said Schofield had been drinking and taking cocaine at the time of the offence.

Recorder Mukhtar Hussain QC jailed Schofield for a year, banned him from driving for 18 months and ordered him to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Roberts, aged 24, of Tithe Barn Crescent, Bolton, admitted causing actual bodily harm. He was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He must also pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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