Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Court Ordeal, by the Charity Worker in Brick-Attack Horror ; Yob Had Served 15 Months on remandCharity Worker Has Permanent Scar

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

My Court Ordeal, by the Charity Worker in Brick-Attack Horror ; Yob Had Served 15 Months on remandCharity Worker Has Permanent Scar

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ACHARITY fundraiser who had a brick slammed into her face has hit out at the justice system as her attacker walked free from court.

Angela Gray, 44, was left permanently scarred in the unprovoked attack by 20-year-old Jade Daniels.

Now Mrs Gray, from Urmston, says she feels she has been attacked twice - 'once by her, and once by the judicial system'.

Mrs Gray was attacked while she was walking with her daughter in woodland near Dutton's Pond in Flixton, in March last year.

Daniels, of Arundel Avenue, Urmston, 'slammed' a brick into Mrs Gray's face, breaking her nose and wrist, and splitting her lip leaving her with a permanent scar.

She initially pleaded guilty to wounding with intent - but the charge was downgraded to the less serious offence of unlawfully causing grievous bodily harm after Daniels was diagnosed with 'high- functioning autism'.

As she had been in custody for around 15 months - longer than the statutory prison sentence for the assault - she was released following a hearing at Minshull Street Crown Court. Speaking after the hearing, Mrs Gray said the ordeal had been made worse by having to wait 18 months for her attacker to be sentenced.

She said: "It feels like you get attacked twice - once by her, and once by the judicial system.

"She has walked away from court but I will never be able to walk away from what happened. Never. I don't feel safe knowing she's out there and I don't 'I don't feel knowing t't think anyone else should." out " Reliving the attack, Mrs Gray said: "We ran up a hill and saw that a large bush had been set on fire, and there was a girl and a boy just looking at it.

"The boy ran away but the girl just stood there and watched us trying to put it out. We managed to stamp it out and we called the fire brigade to let them know.

"There were matches on the floor so I picked them up. …

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