Vicky Raisbeck has been jailed for two years
Stephen Kelsey, 63, had stepped in to try to help the woman who had got into a dispute with his attackers Vicky Raisbeck, her sister Skye Moore and Glen Sweeney. However, the drunken trio turned on the man and punched and kicked him to the ground.
A court heard the savage thugs left Mr Kelsey bloodied, unconscious and with a fractured eye socket on a high street in Redcar, Teesside. They had also called the man a “paedo,” reports Teesside Live.
The yobs fled but were arrested in the days following the attack, which happened back in March 2019.
Raisbeck and Sweeney were both sentenced to two years in jail yesterday. Moore was handed a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 15 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
Teesside Crown Court heard Sweeney, 32, threw the first punch – described by a witness as a “right whack”.
Mr Kelsey fell to the floor and all three defendants rained down punches and kicks.
Stephen Kelsey fractured his eye socket
It seemed like it took a nano-second but I was probably on the ground for about five minutes. They were kicking **** out of me
When 32-year-old Raisbeck was questioned about the attack, she claimed Mr Kelsey had watched Moore, 18, urinate in a shop doorway in the minutes before the violence.
But Mr Kelsey told the court he thought the group were fighting and wanted to help.
Sentencing the thugs, Recorder Andrew Haslam QC said: “I have to deal with you for quite a disgraceful incident.
“He (Mr Kelsey) feared an attack, which as it turned out he was right about. Mr Kelsey made off and your group turned on him and chased after him.”
He said: “All three of you, I should add, were in drink at the time.
“That punch by you Sweeney caused Mr Kelsey to fall to the ground when you as a group then decided to kick and punch him to the body.
“I’ve no doubt in my mind that this was a sustained assault.
“You twice chased down Mr Kelsey and assaulted him.”
Glen Sweeney has also been locked up
Speaking after the attack, dad-of-three Mr Kelsey said: “I tried to help, they came at me and I started to run, but they caught up with me further up the street and I took a beating.
“If you see someone in trouble you jump in, don’t you? It’s natural instinct.
“I suppose they thought I was trying to stick my nose into someone else’s business.
“It seemed like it took a nano-second but I was probably on the ground for about five minutes. They were kicking **** out of me.”
The defendants were charged in April 2019.
Raisbeck, from Hartlepool, County Durham, and Sweeney, of Redcar, entered guilty pleas to a lesser charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Moore, of Hartlepool, admitted a lesser charge of affray.
Mr Kelsey, who is a father of three, tried to help a stranger
Rod Hunt, defending Raisbeck, told the court how her early life and the way she’s been brought up was “depressing” and she had come out of prison still perhaps institutionalised.
He said she was not taking her medication and describes being a 10 out of 10 in drunkenness, making her recollection unreliable.
Mr Hunt told the court that her mother died during her last prison sentence and her dad now has terminal cancer.
He said: “Ms Raisbeck has been looking after her father while her step mother is at work.
“He’s very ill indeed and he, I’m afraid, does not have long but he’s in the terminal stage of cancer and no doubt that’s been a dreadful spur to her to behave herself so she can look after him”.
Mr Hunt said the fact that she had not troubled the court since the attack brings some hope for the future.
Peter Sabiston, defending Sweeney, told the court that it was an act of “impulse” and wasn’t pre planned.
He said that Sweeney had acted on false information given by a co accused, which was clearly untrue.
His barrister said he intervened to help who he was with and there is “genuine remorse, surprise and shame”.
Mr Sabiston told the court that he has had difficulties in his past, including the breakdown of his previous relationship and access to his daughter.
He said that he now had access to his daughter and is in a new relationship with another child on the way.
Mr Sabiston said that his grandmother passed away two weeks ago and he hoped to attend her funeral on Wednesday.
He added that his references and his employment were “exceptional”.
Paul Abrahams, defending Moore, told the court that she was only 17 years old when the offences took place.
He said that if the plea had been accepted and it had it been dealt with at the time she would have been handed a referral order in the youth court.