Banbury pair jailed for assault and baseball bat attack

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A man and a woman from Banbury have been sentenced to jail after being found guilty of violent crimes

Jody Dance, aged 30, and Brian Trinder, aged 33, both of Station Approach, Banbury, were sentenced at hearing at Oxford Crown Court on December 2.

Mr Trinder and Ms Dane were both arrested in July following an incident in Station Approach, Banbury.

The two assaulted a man and a woman seriously injuring the pair.

Mr Trinder punched one of the victims, a 32-year-old woman, in the head twice, causing a large laceration to her head which required hospital treatment.

The second victim, a 30-year-old man, was punched in the eye by Mr Trinder as the man tried to intervene. He received bruising to his eye and a fractured nose as a result of the assault.

Ms Dance then approached the female victim and struck her several times with a baseball bat in the head, ankle and arms.

In court Mr Trinder was sentenced to a total of 32 months’ imprisonment, 20 months for causing malicious wounding and 12 months for assault, which will be served consecutively.

Ms Dance was sentenced to a total of 26 months’ imprisonment, 20 months’ for causing malicious wounding and six months for possession of an offensive weapon. These sentences will be served concurrently.

Investigating officer PC Jonathan Cairns, of Banbury police station, said: “Trinder and Dance’s despicable actions that day caused the victims to suffer severe physical and emotional pain.

“They both now have time in prison to reflect on the severity of their crimes. Any violent crime, especially involving the possession of offensive weapons, will not be tolerated and I am pleased the sentences have reflected the seriousness of the offences.”