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Prison for Poole man after Canford Heath hammer attack

By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: November 01, 2013

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A POOLE man has been jailed for attacking a woman with a hammer in a Canford Heath car park – and attempting to poison a pregnant woman.

Richard Hallam was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court for conspiracy to cause grevious bodily harm – along with three other men. Hallam was sentenced to eight year in prison.

Keith Harby was jailed for ten years, John Doyle was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison and Ian Edgeworth was given a seven-year jail term.

Evidence was heard that Hallam conspired with Harby, Doyle and Edgeworth to cause harm to 31-year-old fitness instructor Kelly Batchelor from Poole in two separate attacks with a hammer.

The first took place at the Ashdown Leisure Centre car park in Canford Heath on Thursday 30th August 2012, with the second attack taking place on the victim's driveway on Wednesday 5th September 2012.

Hallam also pleaded guilty to administering a drug to a 25-year-old Poole woman to try and cause her to miscarry. He was sentenced to two years in prison to run consecutively to the earlier sentence.

Detective Constable John Oldfield of Bournemouth and Poole CID said: "I welcome the sentences in both cases and hope they will act as a deterrent to others.

"Both victims have suffered greatly and these crimes will have an impact on their lives for some time to come. Criminal behaviour such as this will not be tolerated and we are committed to bringing offenders to justice."

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