Cam man to be sentenced for pepper spray attack on young mum
9:43am Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
ONE of the victims of a doorstep pepper spray attack - a young mum-of-two - was praised by a judge today for being brave enough to come to court.
Jessica Henderson, 20, of Rosebery Mount, Dursley - mother of a six-month-old baby boy and a two-year-old boy - told Judge Jamie Tabor she was “very relieved” that 19-year-old Benjamaine Campbell had decided to plead guilty.
"I was very nervous about giving evidence so when I heard that he had decided to plead guilty I was very relieved," she said at Gloucester Crown Court.
"It took me a week to get over the effects of the pepper spray."
Judge Tabor told her: "Thank you for being brave enough to come to court. Sadly it always seems to be the ladies who have to come forward and give evidence in cases like this.
"The only way offenders can be brought to justice is down to people like you who have the courage to come to court and give evidence."
Campbell of Everlands, Cam pleaded guilty to a charge of affray and one of possessing a prohibited weapon.
The offences were committed outside Ms Henderson’s home on April 17 this year.
Campbell went round to the address looking for Daniel Savory, Ms Henderson’s partner, for a confrontation and when the door was opened he discharged a canister of pepper spray.
The incident was witnessed by Ms Henderson’s two-year-old son, who was crouching by the stairs, The baby was in the cot at the time.
Campbell had already pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault against his former girlfriend, Emma Crowcombe in Stroud on March 3, this year.
Campbell bit the young woman and dragged her through Stroud town centre.
When they reached the railway station he struck her and dragged her by the hair.
He will be sentenced for all matters on October 30 after a pre-sentence report has been prepared.