Man who stabbed victim and tried to bribe witnesses jailed

Date published: 19 November 2018

A man who left a victim with life changing injuries before attempting to bribe witnesses to drop the case against him has been jailed.

Jorge Richardson (13/08/1998) of Heywood was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court on Friday (16 November 2018) to 10 and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to affray, section 18 assault and perverting the course of justice at Minshull Street Crown Court.

Richardson stabbed a man in his 20s in the head during an unprovoked attack in December 2017 at a business premises on Russell Street, Heywood.

Richardson then bit the end of the nose off a man in his 30s during a second unprovoked attack later that month at an address on Tower Street.

He was arrested shortly after the second incident.

While on remand in prison he contacted witnesses to the assaults with an illegally obtained mobile phone and offered them money to drop the case.

Detective Constable Daniel Daly from GMP’s Rochdale Borough CID said: “Richardson carried out brutal and unprovoked attacks on two innocent members of the public.

“He then foolishly attempted to convince witnesses to not give evidence against him – adding a further very serious charge against him and significantly increasing his time in prison.

“We hope that today’s sentence provides the victims with a form of closure now that Richardson is behind bars – where he belongs.”

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