Monday, 12 June 2017

Stephen Mortin (centre) and Nathan Lee Clark (far right)

Two thugs who brutally assaulted a 63-year-old disabled pensioner from Ashton-under-Lyne, have been sent to prison for conspiracy to rob and GBH with intent. Nathan Lee Clark, 24, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to 19 years imprisonment and Stephen Mortin, 23, of Rutland Street, was given a sentence of 18 years imprisonment.

Ashton pensioner, Barbara Dransfied, aged 63, was left with horrific injuries after being attacked by Mortin and Clark in her home in July last year, when she was beaten with a baseball bat while she sat helplessly in her wheelchair. Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, heard that the pair forced their way into Barbara's home on Neal Avenue, armed with a knife and baseball bat and demanded money. Every bone in Barbara's face was broken and her jaw was broken in eight places. She spent two-weeks in a coma.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Ennis, of Greater Manchester Police, said:

"This was a sickening attack on a vulnerable woman that left her with some horrific injuries. Not only did Clark and Mortin inflict terrible physical suffering but they left this woman feeling unsafe in her own home. She displayed immense bravery throughout the trial and also to overcome this cowardly attack."

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