Revenge gang jailed

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Courts: Reports from the law courts.

TWO men and a woman who launched a vicious attack on a drunken man outside a Doncaster pub have been jailed for a total of six years.

Wayne Paige was repeatedly punched and kicked as he sat outside the Corporation Brewery Taps in Cleveland Street last September.

Prosecutor Beverley Tait told Doncaster Crown Court it was a miracle he was not seriously injured, apart from cuts to his face and head.

The court heard Mr Paige was set upon by Paul Anthony Walsh, Robert Dodwell and Cheryl Anne Roebuck because Walsh’s girlfriend Roebuck had previously been allegedly assaulted by Mr Paige.

Walsh, aged 58, of Cusworth House, St James Street; Walsh, aged 46, and Roebuck, aged 39, both of Lister Avenue, Balby, all admitted wounding with intent and were jailed for two years each.

The court was shown CCTV footage of the incident which showed Roebuck having a heated conversation with Mr Paige and then slapping him across the face before the other males joined in, with several punches and kicks to his head.

Ms Tait said all three defendants had extensive criminal convictions and Roebuck had previously been convicted of 43 offences.

Her solicitor, Cheryl Dudley, said Roebuck had drink problems and would benefit from mental health treatment.

“This happened because of a previous incident when she was assaulted by the complainant. The others were alerted and brought out of the public house to assist and he was set upon by all three.

“She finds it very distressing to view what she did that night.”

James Baird, defending Walsh, said: “He believed from what he had been told that Mr Paige had been responsible for an assault on his girlfriend. He knows the court will take a dim view of his behaviour.”

Dodwell’s solicitor, Cedric Hennis, said were it not for the alcohol he had that night he would not have become involved.