Blackburn man jailed for life after putting victim in coma
3:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
AN UNCLE and nephew from Blackburn were jailed yesterday for a vicious attack on a 42-year-old man in his own home.
Steven Quigley, 30, of Rothesay Road, who had previously pleaded guilty to section 18 wounding with intent, was sentenced to life in prison and told he must serve a minimum of six years, minus the 227 days he has already spent on remand, before being considered for release.
He will remain on licence for the rest of his life.
His uncle, Gary Quigley, 43, of Hancock Street, pleaded guilty to section 20 wounding in June and was sentenced to 20 months in prison, minus the time already spend on remand.
Preston Crown Court heard that in the early hours of Sunday, February 24 the pair viciously assaulted Derek Wildeman by punching, kicking and stamping on him in his home in Coleridge Street, Blackburn.
The beating was a revenge attack after Mr Wildeman allegedly accused a youth known to Steven Quigley of setting fire to his net curtains.
The court heard Steven Quigley said he would ‘smash his head in’, and gained entry to the house by pulling away a board from the window. He then set upon Mr Wildeman who offered no resistance.
Steven Quigley recruited his uncle Gary to go with him, to tell him to stop if he went too far.
Mr Wildeman sustained multiple facial fractures in the attack, including to both his cheeks, his forehead and his nose, and had an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.
He is currently in a rehabilitation centre in Burnley, and a recent medical report provided to the court said his long term prognosis was poor.
The report said he was in a minimally responsive state and was unlikely to recover from his injuries.
Passing sentence Her Honour Judge Badley said that Mr Wildeman had ‘suffered a catastrophic injury’ and that ‘his life in any normal sense is over’.
She added that the attack had also had an ongoing impact on the victim’s family.
His mother, Isabelle Wildeman was in court to see the pair sentenced.
Judge Badley said Steven Quigley, who has previous convictions for violence, presented a danger to the public, and sentenced him to life in prison.
She said: “You do indeed fall within the category of dangerous offenders.”
Judge Badley said that Gary Quigley had failed in his intended purpose to stop his nephew from ‘going too far’.
Addressing Gary Quigley she said: “You have lower culpability. You remained outside the for the majority of the time that Steven Quigley was inside Mr Wildeman’s home.”