A TEENAGE thug who brutally attacked a couple who confronted a gang outside their home in Leeds has been locked up for four years.
Nathan Furnisse, 18, of Winrose Hill, Belle Isle, repeatedly struck Stuart Thorogood in the head with a claw hammer and kicked his wife Catherine in the face.
Leeds Crown Court heard violence flared after Mr Thorogood saw a group of about 20 watching the latest of a string of fires in a field behind their home in Rothwell, last September 7. After suggesting one of the group started the blaze, Mr Thorogood was confronted by Furnisse before Mrs Thorogood then stepped in to try and calm the situation. Accomplice Kayleigh Pearce, 18, of Welstone Avenue, Bramley, punched Mrs Thorogood in the head and the two women fell to the floor. The court heard Furnisse kicked Mrs Thorogood in the face and punched her, with one blow cracking a tooth. Others from the group joined in and Mrs Thorogood curled into a ball.
Recorder Amanda Rippon said Mr Thorogood tried to chase Furnisse away from his wife. She told Furnisse: “You turned and waved the claw hammer you were holding at Mr Thorogood and he tried to disarm you. You struck him with the claw hammer, at least two blows to his head and a number of times to his back and body.”
Mrs Thorogood, who has epilepsy, needed stitches above her eye and was left with scarring and nerve damage. Mr Thorogood had stitches to two head wounds. Furnisse – who the court heard was brought up in care homes and started offending aged 11 or 12 – and Pearce were both convicted of two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm after a trial.
Furnisse also admitted charges of burglary and attempted burglary and was sent to a young offender institution for four years. Recorder Rippon said he had had no role model and his life was “very sad”.
Pearce was sentenced to six months in a young offender institution, suspended for two years, given a six-month curfew and ordered to pay £200 compensation to Mrs Thorogood.