West Yorkshire: Neighbour’s jaw was left ‘hanging off’

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A MAN who broke the jaw of his next door neighbour who had threatened to attack his partner has been jailed for two years.

Christopher Shaw had to have metal plates fitted in his face following the attack by Shean Cockerham in Ferry Fryston, Castleford.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mr Shaw and his partner, Sarah Hewitt, were arguing at their home on Dawtree Walk, Ferry Fryston, shortly before the attack on February 11 this year.

Richard Walters, prosecuting, said Cockerham’s partner, Carrie Gill, went round to the house around 9pm to speak to the couple but Mr Shaw, 30, threatened to hit her.

She returned home and told Cockerham, 41, of the threat and he went round to confront Mr Shaw.

The pair struggled before Cockerham got the better of Mr Shaw and struck him repeatedly in the face.

The attack happened while Mr Shaw’s four young children were in the house. It was witnessed by one of the youngsters, who screamed as her father was beaten.

The court heard Mr Shaw was left in severe pain and his jaw was “hanging off” to one side of his face. He spent six days in Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, where he had surgery to have metal plates fitted to his jaw.

Cockerham was found hiding in the loft when police went to his home to arrest him. He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

The court heard he has committed 93 previous offences, including 17 for violence.

At the time of the attack he was out of prison on licence for shooting a man with an air rifle as he stood in his bathroom. When the man’s son went out into the garden to investigate, Cockerham also shot him.

Nicholas Hammond, mitigating, said Cockerham had not wanted to get involved in the dispute between his neighbours but went round to remonstrate when the threat was made against his partner.

He said he did not intend to attack him so severely.

Jailing him, Recorder Sandeep Kainth told Cockerham: “It can truly be said that you are a very violent individual.”

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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