Dec 5 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Skelmersdale Advertiser
A GANG of thugs have been jailed for a total of 17 and a half years in connection with two violent attacks in Skelmersdale.
Anthony Croft, 24, of Ennerdale, was sentenced to nine and a half year’s imprisonment after pleading guilty to section 20 assault and section 18 wounding.
David McKenna, 24, of Eskdale was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to section 20 assault and section 18 wounding.
And William Mullaney, 30, of Blakehall received a 12 month custodial sentence after pleading guilty to section 47 assault.
The sentences at Liverpool Crown Court last Thursday, November 28, came after Croft and McKenna pleaded guilty to beating a 23-year-old woman in Hallcroft on February 5.
During the attack, they repeatedly kicked her to the head and threatenied her with a knife.
As a result of the attack their victim received superficial wounds to her hands and was left badly shaken by the ordeal.
The pair also subjected a 22-year-old man at an address in Carfield on 19 June to a vicious onslaught.
After this they continued the violence and took the man to Mullaney’s flat in Blakehall.
Once inside, the victim was subjected to a further harrowing assault, which included being stabbed four times, being kicked, having cigarettes put out on him and being locked in a cupboard.
The court earlier heard that the victim suffered significant injuries in the attack, but has since made a full recovery.
DC Paul Mulrooney said after the sentencing: “The behaviour of these men was unacceptable.
“We are pleased with the sentences handed down, which should send out a clear message that violence of this nature will not be tolerated.
“If people do commit violent offences, they can expect us to find them and to receive a lengthy custodial sentence.”
Anyone who has information about criminal activity is urged to call police on 101.