Men in court for theft and wounding

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THIEVES whose victim escaped by running naked down the street appeared at Salisbury Crown Court on Monday.

The 23-year-old victim was in bed at his Wilton Road home in Salisbury on August 7 last year when Jack Hudson-Harding and Lloyd Barr broke in, along with Richard Turner.

He was assaulted by Turner but managed to escape his attackers by running out of the house.

He later needed medical treatment for a four-inch cut caused by Turner’s ring.

A trial for burglary, theft and inflicting grievous bodily harm was due to start on Monday but guilty pleas to lesser charges by the three defendants were accepted by the court.

Turner, 23, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding, while Hudson-Harding, 18, and Barr, 20, admitted theft of two Technics turntables.

Judge Douglas Field ordered pre-sentence reports on Turner, of Pullman Drive, Salisbury, and remanded him in custody until January 28.

Representing Barr, of The Valley in Salisbury, Robin Griffiths said he had already served five months in custody and had been “using his time wisely in custody”. “It is the first time he has been in a prison and he has been addressing his issues and is full of resolve to put his life in order,” he said.

Barr was fined £25.

Representing Hudson-Harding, Philip Warren said the theft was an impulsive “spur of the moment” action.

Hudson-Harding, of Olivier Close, Bemerton Heath, was sentenced to 21 days in prison and released having already served that time.

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