‘Sickening attack’

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A woman described as “the driving force” behind a sickening attack on a Todmorden man in his own home has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years.

Robbery victim Raymond Harper (pictured), who died last month following a motorbike accident, was subjected to kicks and punches and even had a knife held to his throat during the attack at his home in Burnley Road, Todmorden, in January.

Recorder James Brown said Sharlene Watson, 30, (pictured) had been the instigator and “driving force” behind the attack which also involved her 20-year-old accomplice Thomas Watson-McGovern.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Watson, now of Central Drive, Blackpool, had changed her plea to guilty after Mr Harper gave his evidence at a previous trial while Watson-McGovern, of Thornton Street, Halifax, was convicted of robbery by a jury following a re-trial.

Watson-McGovern, who held an ornamental knife to their victim’s throat during his ordeal, was jailed for nine years.

A third defendant 22-year-old Cody Burrows, of Lynwood Avenue, Blackpool, was sentenced to 15 months in a young offender institution for handling stolen goods, but the sentence was suspended for two years.