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Man sentenced for Section 18 assault, Hindley
Friday 7th October, 2005

Man sentenced for Section 18 assault, Hindley
Paul Craig Bentham

A 20-year-old man from Hindley has been sentenced to a minimum of two and a half years in prison today, Friday 7 October 2005, for section 18 assault at Liverpool Crown Court.

Paul BENTHAM (05/06/1985) of Bridgewater Street, Hindley, pleaded guilty to section 18 assault on Friday 30 September following an incident on Friday 17 June 2005.

At approximately 10.20pm Bentham's victim was travelling along Argyle Street in Wigan when he saw a blue Ford Escort travelling behind him. As he stopped his car the Escort pulled up alongside him and Bentham got out of the car wearing a balaclava.

The victim remained in the car while Bentham punched him several times about his head. He then produced a samurai sword and began to strike him about the head and body.

The victim fought back to try to defend himself and finally managed to get out of the car. He ran away and was chased by Bentham who continued to strike him with the sword. He raised his arm to defend himself and suffered a large slash wound.

A number of other people then arrived and Bentham left the scene in the Ford Escort.

The victim was taken to the Wigan Royal Infirmary where he received nineteen stitches for his injuries.

Detective Constable Kevin TELFORD from Leigh CID said: "This was a brutal and seemingly unprovoked attack against a young man who suffered serious injuries.

"Luckily Bentham did not manage to cause any lasting damage to his victim but this has undoubtedly caused him a great deal of distress.

"I hope this sentence will bring some closure for his victim and help him to move on with his life."

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