Leon Green gets 4 years jail time for attacking his drinking partner with an axe as judge says worst case he’s ever seen of GBH
Yeovil man Leon Green has been sent down by a judge at Exeter Crown Court to 4 years and ten months for attacking his drinking partner with an axe.
Green who has a string of convictions having been involved in crime since the age of 13 attacked his victim and apparent friend Joseph Guppy at his home in Chard with an axe after a boozy session.
The axeman went beserk after he lost his temper and launched an onslaught which inflicted injuries which a judge described as the worst he had ever seen in a case of grievous bodily harm.
Judge Robert Linford told the court that Green is a danger to the public and said the attack could easily have killed the victim.
He said some of the photographs of the wounds were too revolting to be shown to the jury at his Taunton Crown Court trial.
As he sent Green to Jail Judge Linford, handing down the maximum sentence said” You went back to Mr Guppy’s house where he was clowning around and dancing around and at some point, his hand went close to your face. It was not an aggressive mood.
“It set off the most extreme reaction. You picked up an axe and struck him repeatedly about the head and body and caused multiple wounds and a small fracture of the skull.
“It is astonishing the injuries were not more serious than they were. You could have killed him. This is the worst example of grievous bodily harm I have ever encountered.
“The probation report came to the conclusion that because of your record of violence and the facts of this case, you are a dangerous offender. I am in no doubt whatsoever about it.”
Green’s defence team had attempted to plea: “Green’s offending arose from a disrupted childhood in which he stopped going to school when he was 13 or 14 and fell into the company of criminals and the axe attack was merely excessive self-defence”
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