David Bentley prosecutes convicted killer for causing grievous bodily harm with intent

February 11, 2019

David Bentley from Exchange Chambers has prosecuted a convicted killer for causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Anthony Sherburn was declared ‘dangerous’ as he was sentenced to 16 years in prison, with an extra five years to serve on licence as part of an extended sentence.

Sherburn, from Wigan, was convicted of manslaughter when he was 19 after killing a man who had been out celebrating his birthday.

The pair had been out in Wigan drinking together, and Sherburn had invited him to his flat for more drink and to play cards. But Sherburn stabbed the man during a confrontation.

He was jailed for five years after a trial at Manchester Crown Court, where he was acquitted of murder.

Jurors at the same court have this week heard that Sherburn, now 36, had been out in Wigan town centre when he met his victim.

The woman, 34 at the time, had never met Sherburn before.

They were said to have had a row over money before Sherburn launched the savage attack, which left her unconscious.

The woman was found unconscious on the ground having suffered life-threatening head injuries.

The court was told that the woman still needs constant care, and that she is likely to be left permanently disabled after suffering a brain injury.

Judge Richard Mansell QC sentenced Sherburn on Tuesday after the jury returned their verdicts.

Sherburn, of Darlington Street East, Wigan, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.