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Thug beat up his blind gran
8:23am Monday 15th October 2012 in Latest
A DRUG-CRAZED attacker who beat up his blind grandmother after taking two LSD tablets has escaped a jail sentence.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard how Sharne Tucker had hit his 72-year-old victim up to 50 times with a stick at the home they shared on July 29.
Prosecutor Jennie Rickman said Tucker, from Burnett Avenue, Christchurch, had taken the powerful hallucinogenic drug, known as ‘acid,’ while celebrating his 23rd birthday with friends the previous night.
She added: “His grandmother was cooking breakfast when she heard shouting and vile language. It was the defendant, who was standing next to her. He began to hit her with a stick 40 to 50 times saying: ‘I’ll kill you, you’re wicked.’ “He knocked her to the ground and she managed to get to the door, falling out on to the step. She managed to phone the police at 5.44 am.”
In the 999 call the terrified pensioner said: ‘He’s gone absolutely mental, he’s normally a gentle person.
“I woke up this morning with him screaming, punching me and hitting me with a stick. I’m 72 and blind. He’s normally a wonderful person, I’ve got a big bump on my head; a tooth has been knocked out.
‘This is so unexpected; not normal behavour – he is really out of his mind, calling me a murderer.’ Police officers found blood on the phone and broken furniture at the scene of the attack.
But Tucker’s grandmother, who sent a letter to Judge Samuel Wiggs, refused to make a statement and did not support the prosecution.
Mrs Rickman said Tucker had accepted responsibility for the early morning attack after seeing photographs of his grandmother’s injuries but he couldn’t remember what he had done. He pleaded guilty to assault, causing actual bodily harm.
Defending Tucker, James Newton-Price said: “It is a shocking offence; he is extremely distressed and upset about what he has done.
“It is wholly out of character and inexplicable, he had a very close relationship with his grandmother and had lived with her for eight years. She referred to him as her son; it was clearly a reaction to taking, or overdosing, on LSD.”
Imposing a nine-month pris-on sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Wiggs told Tuck-er: “I have no doubt, at all, that the reason you committed this horrendous assault on your grandmother was entirely due to the LSD you had taken.
“I have no doubt you were absolutely horrified to have attacked your grandmother and caused her extremely nasty injuries. I see no public interest in sending you to prison.”
Tucker was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £250 prosecution costs.