Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Prison for Danger Teenager, Who Is Threat to Women

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Prison for Danger Teenager, Who Is Threat to Women

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Byline: By Garry Willey

A teen crack addict with a history of violence against women is beginning an indefinite jail sentence after a frenzied street attack.

Gary Young wanted cash when he targeted a 40-year-old BT consultant walking the regular commuter route from the Metro Arena car park to her office on Newcastle Quayside.

He grabbed her from behind, putting a strangle hold around her neck and forced her to the ground.

The woman felt a kick to her shoulder as she curled on the floor to protect herself.

But Young, 17, picked up a fence plank and hit her over the head with it three times.

And although the victim had pushed away her handbag hoping the teenager would take it, he was still hitting her relentlessly when a passing motorist saw the onslaught, sounded her horn and finally forced him to flee empty-handed.

The victim, not being named by police, was left bleeding from a gaping head wound which had to be stapled. She later told police the attack was so savage she thought she would not survive.

Her shocked rescuer told police she had also feared for the woman's life.

And investigations revealed Young already had a disturbing history of aggression towards women as he grew up in a string of care homes where staff struggled to control him.

"The defence suggest a motive of robbery but it is clear that violence itself was very much at the forefront of his mind," said Mr Tim Parkin, prosecuting at Newcastle Crown Court.

"He has already amassed a number of convictions for violence. He has a hostility towards women in particular and that is shown by his behaviour in the place he was living when this attack took place.

"A pattern of his behaviour has always been to lose his temper with female members of staff and often to spit and throw food at them."

The teenager fled the attack scene, hiding in bushes to dodge a search helicopter, but was linked to the assault by his DNA. …

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