“attempting to cause grievous bodily harm,” he gets a 12 month sentence, and the judge says it will probably come to six. Here is a depraved individual, a menace to society, and he will be out on the streets in six months. The Sceptered Isle has become the Jungle Isle.
Teen attacks mother of two with bleach after she complains of his making noise in movie
Jordan Horsley, 16, attacked Annette Warden as she had a meal with her family in a restaurant in Leeds on July 26.
Horsley’s identity was revealed after the judge lifted a banning order which had prevented him from being named.
He was annoyed with the mother-of-two after she fetched a member of staff to tell him and his friends to be quiet during a screening of Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince at the Vue cinema in Kirkstall Road earlier in the day.
Mrs Warden, 46, had to be treated in hospital after the attack, although she was not seriously injured.
The teenager was handed a 12-month detention and training order today at Leeds Crown Court after he was found guilty of attempting to cause Mrs Warden grievous bodily harm with intent.
Sentencing Horsley, the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC, described the case as ‘unique’.
He said: ‘On July 26 last year, you were offended because Mrs Warden complained about you when you were making a noise, along with some friends of yours, in the cinema.’
The judge continued: ‘You decided to take your revenge on her and you went to a nearby garage, which had a shop. Initially, you wanted to find some eggs to throw at her but when you couldn’t find any, you bought a bottle of Domestos bleach.
‘You approached her from behind and squirted the bleach at her from behind.’
The court heard Mrs Warden had trouble sleeping since the attack and had been prescribed medication for her nerves.
She told the court in a victim impact statement she was scared to go out alone with her children, without her husband.
The court heard Horsley had a previous conviction for hitting someone over the head with half a brick and had been cautioned for assault on a separate occasion.
The teenager, whose mother died when he was young, had suffered a violent relationship with his father and was living alone at the time of the offence.
Judge Collier said social services had been involved with the family but said matters had not been resolved ‘satisfactorily’.
‘You have not been well-served in your life by your father and there must be some concerns as to the intervention that was attempted as you were growing up, which never resolved the issues which you still have,’ he said.
Horsley was found guilty last month of attempting to cause Mrs Warden grievous bodily harm with intent.
He had admitted causing her actual bodily harm by squirting the liquid over her head but denied the more serious charge.
The trial heard that Mrs Warden asked the group of teenagers to be quiet after their mobile phones kept going off during the film.
She then went to fetch a member of staff who warned the group they could be thrown out if they did not stop making a noise.
After the film, Horsley shouted abuse at Mrs Warden from a car as she entered the Frankie & Benny’s restaurant with her husband, John, and her two sons.
The group then drove to a nearby petrol station, where the teenager bought a bottle of Domestos bleach, before driving back to the entertainment complex.
Horsley went into the restaurant and attacked Mrs Warden from behind, squirting the liquid on to the top of her head, before leaving the scene in the car.
The bleach ran down the victim’s face and into her eyes, bleaching her hair white and grey and damaging her blouse. Some also hit her husband and one of her sons.
Mrs Warden was taken to hospital, where she was treated with injection freezing and saline.
Horsley denied trying to cause her serious injury and told the court he only wanted to ‘show up’ the woman.
Judge Collier said today that the teenager would serve half of the 12-month detention and training order before being released on licence.
He told Horsley he hoped some of his issues surrounding his family and his emotions would be dealt with during his time in custody.
[end of Mail article]
Karl D. writes: