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GIRL USED IN ATTACK; Mum let daughter lure victim.

Byline: SARAH JUDD

A MUM who allowed her daughter to lure a man into the street where he was beaten and stabbed escaped jail yesterday.

Debora Susan Dalton, 47, of Union Street, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent, but maintained she did not know her then partner Owen Carr was going to stab the victim, John Percival.

Yesterday, Teesside Crown Court heard Dalton was a resident at a bed and breakfast on Crescent Road, Middlesbrough, at the same time as John Percival, 39.

Jolyon Perks, prosecuting Dalton said Carr, who was 18 when he was sentenced for the offence in April, was a regular visitor who made a "nuisance of himself" at the address and was abusive towards Mr Percival when he asked him to leave.

On January 31, the court heard, Carr was at the B&B with Dalton, her daughter Shannon and another resident, Kevin Masters, making comments about Mr Percival and his attitude. Mr Percival was in the communal lounge when Dalton's daughter Shannon was sent in to say her mother wanted to speak to him outside, the court heard. Mr Perks told the court he went out and saw Dalton in the street who said with a smile on her face, "there's someone here to see you". Carr then appeared and struck Mr Percival across the head with the wooden handle of a broken nunchuck.

The court heard Carr followed up with a punch to the left chest area with a silver blade before all parties ran away, leaving Mr Percival bleeding and in considerable pain.

Carr, who the court heard fled to Northallerton after asking Kevin Masters to dispose of the nunchuck, was sentenced to three years and four months in a young offenders' institution.

Dalton, who was of previous good character later arrived at Kevin Masters' residence in a "distressed state", Mr Perks told the court. She accepted she had been present during the attack and that she had agreed to her daughter being sent into the address to fetch Mr Percival at the hands of Carr.

Andrew Turton, defending Dalton said she was suffering considerable shame, was feeling remorse and had been shocked by the degree and severity of what took place that day.

He added Dalton's daughter, Shannon, was taken into care and later moved to Grimsby to live with her father, who would not let her see her mother or sister and this was "a matter of extreme distress" for Dalton.

The Judge, Recorder Jonathan Sandiford sentenced Dalton to an 18-month community order with supervision.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2009
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