Violent burglar who attacked man outside his Northampton home jailed for almost three years

Ashton Williams
Ashton Williams

A violent burglar from Northampton who beat up a 59-year-old man outside his home has been jailed for almost three years.

Ashton Williams, aged 24, attacked his victim after he knocked on his door and demanded to be given a lift.

Crown Court GV'

Crown Court GV'

Northampton Crown Court heard the victim refused to give Williams, who was with two men, a lift and they then left his property in Bugbrooke.

But, 15 minutes later, the men returned to the house and demanded the victim hand over £20.

Jonathan Dunn, prosecuting, said Williams grabbed hold of the man and punched him in the head.

Mr Dunn said: “The victim was pushed on to the bonnet of his car and punched repeatedly in the forehead area. He then fell to the floor.”

The court heard that after the victim asked why Williams was beating up a man “who was nearly 60”, he replied he “didn’t care about age” and would “hit anyone”.

A router and CD player was then stolen from the victim’s house during the incident on March 16 last year. He suffered two deep wounds to his forehead that required hospital treatment.

The court heard that Williams was also in breach of a six-month suspended prison sentence order.

Recorder Geoffrey Kelly, sentencing, said it was a “sustained and unprovoked attack”.

He said: “The victim must have been absolutely petrified of what you did. You are not a small man and he was an elderly man.”

Williams was sentenced to 32 months in prison for the burglary and one year for the assault, to be served concurrently. He was also sentenced to three months in prison for breaching the suspended sentence order, to be served consecutively.

He is likely to serve half his 35-month sentence in custody before being released on licence. He must pay the victim surcharge of £120.