Duo sentenced over 'revenge' attack in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 09:01 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 21 July 2017

Joseph Sharkey (left) and James Bailey. Photo: Herts Police

Joseph Sharkey (left) and James Bailey. Photo: Herts Police


Two young men have been sentenced after a "revenge" attack in Hatfield left their victim with life-changing injuries.

Joseph Sharkey, 18, of no fixed address, was found guilty by St Albans crown court of wounding with intent.

Last Friday he was sentenced to nine and a half years in a young offender’s institute

The court heard how on January 3, 2016, Sharkey and co-defendant James Bailey, 20, drove to Oak Tree Close in Hatfield armed with knives.

They broke in and stabbed a 21-year-old man a number of times, in the face, shoulder, arm, and knee.

Oliver Weetch, for the prosecution, argued: “There was an intention to commit more serious harm.”

Sharkey already had ten previous court appearances, for offences ranging from assault to robbery.

He has also been in court in connection with sending malicious communications and possessing a weapon.

Bailey had several convictions for battery, harassment, and assaulting a police officer.

In mitigation, Sharkey’s lawyer Claire Fraser said: “He is a young man who unfortunately had a circle of friends in Bailey who took him down a path he may not have gone down.

“He has not found his time in custody an easy one.

“There are real concerns about him harming himself, which goes some way to show his vulnerability.”

She argued the intention to cause serious harm was not proven, and the wounds were slash wounds rather than stab wounds.

Bailey’s lawyer, Andel Singh, argued there were no life-threatening injuries, and said Bailey had started an education course to become a personal trainer.

Passing sentence, Judge Warner said: “This was planned revenge, going armed for the purpose, which was committed against the background of a grudge”, arising from associations with a woman.

He continued: “There is understandable public concern about those who use knives.

“It was a terrifying ordeal for the witnesses, which was committed in someone’s own home.

“Each of you was a willing party.

“I am quite satisfied you knew knives were going to be used, and had knives.”

He sentenced Sharkey to nine and a half years at a young offender’s institute.

Bailey, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to eight years, also in a young offender’s institute.

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