12:19pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013
A Hereford man, who went on the run from police after assaulting his ex-girlfriend and hitting his uncle over the head with an iron bar, has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Stephen Wakelin, aged 19 (DOB 31/07/1994), of Stanberrow Road, was sentenced on Friday (18 October) at Hereford Crown Court, after pleading guilty to assaulting his ex on May 25 and also, a further charge of assualt against his uncle on the same day.
Wakelin was publicised as a wanted person following the incident, which began when he entered his ex-partner’s home on Flaxley Drive and punched and head butted her following an argument.
His ex then fled to the safety of the nearby home of Wakelin’s uncle - who was out at the time - with her young child.
His uncle returned home and ejected Wakelin from the house. While outside, Wakelin picked up a bar to a dumbbell and hit his uncle over the head with it.
The police were then called and although officers arrived within minutes, Wakelin had already left the scene.
Detective Sergeant Tim Powell: “Despite extensive enquiries in the days after the incident, we were unable to locate Wakelin.
“We decided – due to the risk he posed to those involved in this incident – to circulate his details as a wanted person and as a result of this, a member of the public came forward with information, which led us to where he was staying.
“We are satisfied with the sentence handed to Wakelin for this nasty and vicious assault, carried out in front of his young child, against people close to him.
"We hope that his victims are reassured by this sentence and feel safe in the knowledge that he will now be in prison for a number of years.”
Wakelin was sentenced to three years in prison for the assault on his uncle, six months for the assault on his girlfriend and an additional six months for an incident which happened in March 2013 where he hit another person in the face with a baseball bat.
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