Slasher is caged

Jailed: Anthony Cragg
Jailed: Anthony Cragg
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A THUG who slashed a man with a blade in a revenge attack has been jailed for five years four months.

Victim Craig Higgins was at a friend’s home in Golborne when he was called to the front door to see Anthony Cragg, a court heard.

Mr Higgins had been in a relationship with Cragg’s sister for 12 months but at the time was on bail for assaulting her. He had not seen Cragg for eight months but went to the door not expecting any trouble as they had always got on, said Anthony Rose, prosecuting.

When he got there he saw Cragg and another man and Cragg asked him “What’s this about you and our Kerry?” but before Mr Higgins had a chance to respond Cragg swung at him with his right hand.

Mr Rose said: “Craig put his hand up to protect himself and felt his hand start to sting. He looked and saw it was pouring with blood. He started to close the door and heard the defendant outside still saying, ‘come on, come on’ as if trying to get him to go outside.

“He locked the door and a short time later was driven to hospital and received treatment for his hand injuries involving stitches.”

Cragg was later arrested and made no comment when interviewed.

The court heard that Mr Higgins has since been dealt with for the assault on Cragg’s sister.

Jailing Cragg, Judge Stephen Everett pointed out that he has previous convictions including assaults on three separate occasions and he had gone to the house intending to harm Mr Higgins.

He said that although he has settled down with a partner and has a young baby since the incident in September 2010 a probation report describes him as posing a high risk of him re-offending and causing serious harm.

Cragg, 23, of Marsh Street, Warrington, had admitted wounding with intent at Liverpool Crown Court shortly before he was due to face trial.

Nigel Booth, defending, said Cragg has struggled with mental health problems but has changed his lifestyle and was now in a stable relationship. As well as his five-month-old baby he is acting as father to his partner’s older children.