Thug jailed for violent attack in man’s home

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A ROBBER who left his victim with a fractured skull for the sake of £80 has been given an extended jail sentence to protect the public.

Paul Humphries, 48, was left unconscious and bleeding from a 3cm cut to his head after being set upon by Aaron Smith at his home in Lake Road, Fratton, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that Smith, 28, got into Mr Humphries’ home after a friend answered the door.

Smith, who has a string of previous convictions for crimes including robbery and violence, punched Mr Humphries repeatedly to the side of the face as he sat in a chair, stabbed him with a fork and demanded money.

When the victim stood up to hand over £80 Smith pushed him back, causing him to hit his head on the wall as he fell, fracturing his skull.

Mr Smith, who lives care of New Road, Portsmouth, was arrested three days after the attack, which happened on October 19 last year.

Howard Barrington-Clark, defending Smith, said: ‘He grew up by his fists, as did all those around him.

‘One can’t, therefore, be surprised that he ends up in the predicament that he has, that he ends up with the record he has.’

Smith pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and one of grievous bodily harm.

He was sentenced to six years in jail with an extended period on licence after his release of seven years.

Recorder Nigel Lickley QC, sentencing, said: ‘You went there no doubt because you knew you could get money.

‘You got into the property, you punched him to the face, you may have used some sort of fork to stab him.

‘According to his victim statement he continues to suffer consequences as a result of that assault

‘You are very fortunate that you weren’t facing more serious charges as a result of your attack on him.

‘This case represents a violent robbery in a man’s home in order to get money.

‘You are regarded as unpredictable and violent.’