Assault victim's 'terrifying ordeal' in Batley

Assault victim's 'terrifying ordeal' in Batley

Stephen Turton (main photo) and Ian Pickard (above) have been jailed 

TWO men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 23 years after being found guilty of the false imprisonment and assault of a man in Batley. 

Ian Pickard, 56, of Sampson Street, Liversedge and Stephen Turton, 33, of Leeds, pleaded guilty to the offences when they appeared at Leeds Crown Court on September 16. 

The men appeared in court for a second time on December 20 where Turton was jailed for 12 years and six months. Pickard received a sentence of 10 years and nine months. 

The incident happened on April 7, 2019, when the victim was violently assaulted and kept overnight at a flat in Batley.

The 27-year-old man had his hands and feet tied and a rope was wrapped around his neck. He was eventually released the following morning.

As a result of the ordeal, the victim sustained serious injuries, including a broken jaw, cheekbone, eye socket, ribs and cuts to his hand. 

Detective Constable Tony Johnson said: “This was a distressing and violent incident where a man was subjected to a terrifying ordeal. 

“We welcome the lengthy prison sentences which have been handed to both of these individuals, which reflect the seriousness of their offending. 

“I hope that the end of the court case will help the victim move forward from this incident and be assured that the people responsible have been brought to justice."

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