Trio jailed over attack on woman

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Two Ilkeston men have been sentenced to four months in prison for their part in an attack on a woman.

Alan Chapman, 28, of Park View, Heanor, joined Christopher Dennis, 46, of Graham Street, Ilkeston, and Gary Morton, 40, of John Street, Ilkeston, in storming a flat on September 13 last year.

The three, who subsequently pleaded guilty to affray and between them have racked up more than 60 court appearances, were given prison sentences after forcing their way into the property and attacking the woman.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had made an allegation of rape against Morton, which was later found to be false.

Speaking in Derby Crown Court on Friday, Justin Wigoder, prosecuting, explained that the defendants had arrived at a property where the woman was and stood outside shouting for her to open the door.

He continued: “They managed to get in, went upstairs to the flat, the front door was kicked in and three or four males then ran into the flat.

“[The victim} ran into the kitchen, followed by Chapman.

“He picked up a metal ladle and he began to hit her over the head.

“Morton also went into the kitchen, went towards her, she then picked up a knife, he backed off from her, but Chapman continued to strike her around the head.”

Mr Widoger said Dennis had been stood in the front room while this was going on and when the police called on the telephone, told the others they needed to leave.

He added: “Chapman then left where he was, went over to where a friend of [the victim’s] was sitting, punched him in the face, picked up a cabinet and dropped it on his back.”

Laura Pitman, defending Morton, said the victim in this case was someone who was well known to the courts.

“She’s a drug addict who is addicted to crack and heroin,” she said.

Miss Pitman added that the woman had made a false rape allegation against Morton, which had badly affected his life.

“Being subject of such an allegation is extremely difficult,” she said.

Miss Pitman also said she had stolen money from Morton in order to pay for drugs and that he had been trying to get it back.

She continued: “He used no violence. What happened is she armed herself with a knife and in effect she attacked him.”

Miss Pitman said the woman had lunged at Morton with the knife and had left him with two cuts on his hand.

Martin Hurst, defending Chapman and Dennis, said Dennis had played a comparatively modest part in the affray.

He added that while Chapman had armed himself with a soup ladle, the victim had armed herself with a knife in comparison.

Mr Hurst said his clients had pleaded guilty at their plea and case management hearing.

Chapman had also pleaded guilty to a separate charge of breaching a restraining order.

He was given two months in prison for breach of the restraining order and six months in prison for his part in the affray, which will run consecutively.

For their parts in the affray, both Dennis and Morton were given four months each in prison.

All three were ordered to pay an £80 surcharge each.