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Man 'attacked six in 24 hours'
Gary Blakemore
Blakemore admitted assault and wounding charges in Mold Crown Court
A man who attacked six people in 24 hours for no reason has started an indefinite prison sentence.

Gary Blakemore, 31, from Rhos-on-Sea was told at Mold Crown Court that he would have to convince the parole board before he was safe to be released.

Blakemore admitted five assault charges, one charge of wounding with intent, possessing an offensive weapon and assaulting a police officer.

His barrister said it was an unusual case as he had no history of violence.

Blakemore approached strangers and punched them repeatedly, while one man was hit with a hammer.

The court heard how Blakemore started his attacks on 2 October at a local country park at Rhos-on-Sea.

Prosecuting barrister Karl Sholtz described how Donald Charles Roberts and Janine Brown were in the car park when Blakemore "launched himself" on Mr Roberts.

He was struck on the head and knocked to the ground while Miss Brown tried to intervene but she was pushed to the ground and punched in her jaw.

The attacker then started repeatedly punching Mr Roberts before suddenly stopping and walking away.

The attacks continued the following day:

  • Student Bladimir Sukkhanov was on a bus on his way to Llandrillo College and as he got up out of his seat he was punched around 20 times by the defendant.

  • Blakemore later attacked Darren French and Rebecca Yard who were standing outside the college.

  • Later he attacked Jonathon Hill, a window fitter, while he was at work on a house in Llandudno Road in the town, repeatedly hitting him with a claw hammer.

    The 65-year-old home owner stopped the attack when he came to Mr Hill's aid with a brush.

  • After his arrest, Blakemore punched Pc Matthew David Jones without warning at St Asaph police station.

Judge John Rogers QC told Blakemore that they were "serious offences".

He said: "In my judgement, at the present time, you constitute a significant risk of causing serious harm to members of the public.

'Hostile'

"I proposed to pass upon you a sentence of indefinite period, for the protection of the public."

"Over a period of less than 24 hours you carried out six, separate, unprovoked attacks upon members of the public".

Defending barrister Kim Whittlestone said that it was an unusual case because her client did not have a history of violence.

"He has instructed me today to inform you why he committed the offences," she said.

He said that someone had told him that paedophiles were in the area and if friends pointed them out to him then he would hit them.

She said that the report showed that he had no mental illness but he had displayed a psychotic episode on Christmas Day in prison and she added:

"The behaviour displayed during the offences tends to suggest that there may have been something wrong with him that particular day."

The judge said Blakemore had refused to co-operate in an interview and was hostile and threatening.





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