Leeds men attacked sex offender

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Two men violently attacked a convicted sex offender and threatened to petrol bomb his home, a court heard.

Ian Knight and Darren Wright assaulted the victim shortly after he moved into the street where they lived in the Kirstall area of Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard the attack happened after the two men had been involved in a dispute with the victim and his mum.

The two men punched him several times in the head as he was drinking in the Cardigan Arms pub and verbally abused him, calling him a “nonce” and “paedo”, on September 27 last year. The victim went back to his home but Wright, 49, and Knight, 39, followed him and threatened to petrol bomb the property.

They ripped out the cables from an electrical box outside, cutting off the power supply, and threw bricks through the a window as the victim was “trembling and terrified” inside.

The victim climbed through a window and ran to a relative’s home, fearing for his life. Wright and Knight followed him and also caused damage to that property. Prosecutor Nick Adlington said: “The irony of the abuse from Wright is that he has a rape conviction dating back to the 1990s.”

Wright and Knight, both of Gilbert Mount, Kirkstall, pleaded guilty to assault, threatening property and criminal damage.

Knight was given a seven month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. Wright was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work and told to pay £300 compensation to the victim.

Judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “Both of you need to understand that no what the background may have been, what you did was unacceptable.”