Leeds machete robber slashed victim

Sean Moran.

Sean Moran.

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A machete-wielding thug slashed a man across the face during a robbery at a flat in Leeds.

Sean Moran sharpened the machete before cutting Stephen Gosling’s ear, cheek and neck, Leeds Crown Court head.

He swung the machete at Mr Gosling two more times but missed.

Moran left the flat leaving Mr Gosling bleeding heavily after the early hours attack.

Prosecutor, Matthew Donkin said Moran, 21, returned minutes later with accomplice Daniel Patrica and told Mr Gosling “I want your gun and I won’t carve your chest open.”

The two robbers fled with Mr Gosling’s air rifle and were spotted by police carrying it on Longroyd Avenue, Beeston.

Both were arrested and officers later discovered the machete dumped in a garden on the same street after the incident in the early hours of January 31.

Mr Gosling had to undergo hospital treatment for damaged cartilage in his left ear.

Moran, of no fixed abode, admitted robbery, unlawful wounding and possessing an offensive weapon.

He was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Patrica, aged 23, of Tong Drive, Wortley, admitted robbery and was sentenced to a community order with two years supervision plus 280 hours unpaid work.

Moran’s lawyer Andrew Haslam said his client has been a “model prisoner” during 185 days behind bars on remand since the incident.

Jailing Moran, Judge Kerry Macgill told him: “You left the premises and returned a few minutes later, brandishing the machete and threatening to cut the chest of the complainant.

“Not surprisingly he hands over the air rifle.”

Referring to he machete, Judge Macgill added: “You must have been aware this was a potentially lethal weapon.”

The court heard Moran, who is the father of a two-year-old child, has previous convictions for wounding and battery.

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