Killer is jailed again for brutal attack on woman.
Byline: ANDREW BARDSLEY
A CONVICTED killer who left a woman fighting for her life after subjecting her to a brutal assault in the street has been jailed.
Anthony Sherburn was declared 'dangerous' as he was sentenced to 16 years in prison, with an extra five years to serve on licence as part of an extended sentence.
Sherburn, from Wigan, was convicted of manslaughter when he was 19 after killing a man who had been out celebrating his birthday.
The pair had been out drinking together, and Sherburn had invited him to his flat for more drink and to play cards. But Sherburn stabbed the man during a confrontation.
He was jailed for five years after a trial at Manchester Crown Court, where he was acquitted of murder.
Jurors at the same court have this week heard that Sherburn, now 36, had been out in Wigan town centre when he met his victim.
The woman, 34 at the time, had never met Sherburn before.
They were said to have had a row over money before Sherburn launched the savage attack, which left her unconscious.
After the pair met they later got into a taxi together in the early hours of August 9 last year.
The woman, who used a crutch to help with her walking, was seen by neighbours talking with a man.
A number of neighbours heard loud bangs and noises from their beds as they were woken up.
One overheard the sounds of screaming and shouting.
Another heard a thud so loud he thought there had been a car crash. He then saw a car parked near an alleyway behind houses on Bryham Street in Scholes, Wigan. The witness said he later heard more irate' following an argument with a woman.
He heard the man say 'You owe me money'.
The woman replied: "I haven't got any money. I don't owe you any money."
Later the witness heard a thud, followed by a 'blood curdling scream', the court heard.
The woman was found unconscious on the ground having suffered life-threatening head injuries. The court was told the woman still needs constant care, and she is likely to be left permanently disabled after suffering a brain injury. Judge Richard Mansell QC sentenced Sherburn after the jury returned their verdicts.
Sherburn, of Darlington Street East, Wigan, was found not guilty of attempted murder, but guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
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