'The red mist came down': Thug whipped housemate with a metal chain over missing money

A thug saw 'red mist' and attacked his housemate with a metal chain when he thought he had stolen his money.

Wednesday, 4th August 2021, 4:45 am

The victim suffered lacerations to his face and burns to his body after a kettle full of boiling water also fell on him during the attack in the shared kitchen on Pinderfields Road, Wakefield.

Jermaine Gordon was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court over the unprovoked attack which happened on October 10, 2019.

Mehran Nassiri, prosecuting, said Gordon had been living at the multi occupancy house and had fallen asleep on the sofa during the afternoon.

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When he woke up he could not find two £10 notes he said he had, so stormed into the kitchen where the victim was making a cup of coffee and began shouting at him.

He then began striking him across the head and face repeatedly with a chunky silver chain before the kettle fell from the side, spilling the boiling contents over him.

Gordon only stopped whipping him when a third resident ran into the kitchen to try to break up the assault.

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Gordon, 30, now of Nina Road, Bradford, was arrested sometime later but refused to comment when interviewed.

He pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

Gordon has six previous convictions for 11 offences, including unlawful wounding and assault.

Satpal Roth-Sharma, mitigating, said Gordon had the support of his family and added: "He realises on the day that it came from nowhere and he has displayed genuine remorse.

"He is desperate to change. He wants a job and is working with a rehabilitation team to find some voluntary work as a stepping stone to employment."

"You thought he had taken your money and you went for him.

"Fortunately, he was not seriously injured but it must have been deeply unpleasant.

"The only thing that stopped you was somebody coming in and intervening."

Gordon was given a 19-month jail term, suspended for 18 months.