Couple attacked in their own home by 'revenge' seeking duo
AN alleged revenge attack on a couple in their home which left a man needing stitches has resulted in a community order for a Wedmore woman.
Jade White, 26, of Church Lane, went to the home of a couple with whom there had been a previous dispute.
She was invited in and followed by James Sivertsen, who attacked a man in the house while White attacked a woman, Taunton Crown Court was told.
The male victim sustained a cut to the back of his head during the attack which required three stitches.
White was convicted of assault and Sivertsen of assault causing actual bodily harm. They were found not guilty of having an offensive weapon.
Judge Graham Hume Jones said the basic facts were that the defendants with another person went to the house of the couple with whom they were angry “partly to do with custody matters and partly because the male victim had been to your house on a previous occasion and caused trouble”.
He said: “The interpretation is that you went to seek some sort of revenge and you were angry and aggressive.
“The jury convicted you and I do not accept this was on the basis of self-defence.
“On the evidence, I find you were both aggressors.
“People are entitled to protection in their own home.”
Harry Ahuja, defending White, said she had now enrolled at a college and was hoping to get qualifications and a job.
Patrick Mason, representing Sivertsen, 28, of Lower Church Road, Weston-super-Mare, said he had child-care responsibilities at weekends.
He was living on benefits and could not afford costs or compensation but had taken casual work as a mobile mechanic which he hoped would become more permanent.
They were each sentenced to a community order for two years with supervision and White was also given a one-month curfew from 7pm to 7am, while Silvertsen was given a two-month curfew from 9pm to 7am.
They were also given a restraining order against having any contact with the two victims for two years.