Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Man jailed for attack on woman

A NORTH Belfast man who carried out a vicious attack on an elderly woman while in a drunken rage has been given a three-year jail sentence at Belfast Crown Court.

A NORTH Belfast man who carried out a vicious attack on an elderly woman while in a drunken rage has been given a three-year jail sentence at Belfast Crown Court.

Judge McFarland heard the 66-year-old woman had suffered serious facial injuries, including permanent damage to her teeth, after being head-butted and punched.

Joseph Foster (36), from Indiana Avenue, had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

A Crown lawyer said that in the early hours of November 19, 2000, Foster, the vi ctim, and two others had returned to Foster's flat. All four continued drinking until about 5.30 am when the other three left in a taxi.

The driver brought the woman and Foster's friend back when they were unable to pay the fare, and it was then the attack took place.

Counsel said Foster grabbed the woman by the hair, pulled her into the bedroom, head-butted and punched her. He had then gone for a knife, and the woman sustained injuries to her hand by grabbing the weapon to defend herself.

Another person had helped her out of the flat, but Foster followed and pushed her down the steps.

The victim spent eight days in hospital receiving treatment.

Passing sentence, Judge McFarland said an aggravating feature was the age of the victim and the fact she was defenceless against Foster's attack.

"It is clear a substantial amount of drink was consumed by all concerned, but this was a vicious assault and the incident is aggravated by your appalling criminal record," he told Foster.

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