7:00am Friday 1st March 2013
Three jailed for 'dreadful' attack on man wrongly believed to be a paedophile
"Three jailed for 'dreadful' attack on man wrongly believed to be a paedophile
A vulnerable man was stabbed, stamped on and scalded with boiling water during a booze and drug-fuelled attack by three friends who wrongly believed he was a paedophile, a court heard.
Michael Merritt, 51, was left with five knife wounds, burns to his face, ears and hands and a broken wrist after the “dreadful and prolonged” ordeal at the hands of two women and a man, who were jailed for a total of more than 11 years at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said Mr Merritt, who has mental health problems and a history of alcohol abuse, had been drinking with friend Deborah Hogg, 50, and acquaintances Emma Stott, 42, and Christopher Edwards, 33, at Hogg’s home in St Mary’s Road, Heaton, on July 6 last year."