Penistone hammer assault: Dad jailed for tried homicide

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On account of Scott’s actions, one in every of his daughters can be wheelchair-dependent for the remainder of her life

A person has been jailed for all times for making an attempt to kill his three kids and step-daughter by hitting them with a hammer then crashing a automotive right into a wall.

Owen Scott, 29, of Fawley, Hampshire, admitted 4 counts of tried homicide and harmful driving at Sheffield Crown Courtroom, after the crash close to Penistone, South Yorkshire.

Two women, aged seven and eight, and two boys, aged 21 months and 9 months, have been significantly injured.

Scott will serve not less than 14 years.

On account of her accidents, one in every of his daughters can be wheelchair-dependent for the remainder of her life.

‘Broken irrecoverably’

She was left partially paralysed and stays in hospital, having misplaced a big part of her cranium within the assault.

Scott’s different kids additionally suffered extreme accidents, and are nonetheless recovering, the courtroom heard.

The courtroom was informed Scott had attacked the youngsters within the automotive with a hammer.

He then drove the automotive at 92mph into the wall of the Travellers Inn, at Oxspring, on the A629.

The choose, Mrs Justice O’Farrell, informed Scott: “You’ll have to stay for the remainder of your life realizing that you’ve got broken, in some instances irrecoverably, the well being, each bodily and psychologically, of your kids.”

Det Ch Insp David Stopford from South Yorkshire Police mentioned it was one of the crucial harrowing instances he had ever labored on.

Police mentioned Scott had travelled from Hampshire with the youngsters in a single day, however his causes for coming to Barnsley have been nonetheless unknown.

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The crash occurred on the junction of Bower Hill, Coates Lane and the A629

‘Quick-lived psychosis’

The assault befell on 23 August whereas Scott was experiencing a drug-induced psychotic episode.

Scott admitted 4 counts of tried homicide and one depend of harmful driving in January.

Defending, Michelle Colborne QC mentioned Scott had “little or no reminiscence” of what had occurred.

She mentioned though he was discovered to be affected by “short-lived psychosis” on the time, this didn’t quantity to a psychiatric defence to tried homicide.

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