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Brother and sister jailed for ‘vicious and frenzied attack’

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A BROTHER and sister who held a woman down and subjected her to a ‘vicious and frenzied’ attack in her own home have been jailed.

Scott Furlong and Zoe Furlong....Police handout. (24706553)

The injuries suffered by the victim were some of the worst a States police forensic medical examiner had ever seen, the Royal Court heard.

The victim of Scott Leonard Charles Furlong (34) and Zoe Leonara Furlong (33) said it ‘felt like she was being smashed with a brick’ as she was attacked, Attorney General Robert MacRae, prosecuting, said.

He added that Mr Furlong held the victim down while Miss Furlong punched her three times.

The victim suffered bruising to her lip, swelling to her eye, and bleeding to her eyelid. She had difficulty opening her jaw.

Scott Furlong Picture: STATES OF JERSEY POLICE

Mr Furlong, who has 30 convictions for 144 offences, was jailed for two years and nine months after admitting one count of grave and criminal assault and three counts of causing malicious damage on a separate occasion. Miss Furlong, who has five convictions for ten offences, was sentenced to 21 months in prison after admitting one count of grave and criminal assault and one count of common assault.

Delivering the sentence, Lieutenant-Bailiff Anthony Olsen said: ‘The grave and criminal assault was violence against a defenceless and vulnerable woman in her own home. It was vicious and frenzied.

‘It was a gross abuse of her hospitality and friendship. She [the victim] has lost her friendship and her home. It could not have been more devastating.’

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Outlining the case, Mr MacRae said the two defendants, the victim and another man ended up at the victim’s flat in the early hours. The other man tried to intervene during the attack but Miss Furlong pulled at one of his dreadlocks.

After the incident an ambulance was called and the victim was taken to the Hospital.

Evidence from a States police force medical examiner was heard in court.

The doctor said: ‘I have been practising as a forensic medical examiner for 18 years and have examined many hundreds of victims of assault, and [the victim’s] injuries are quite shocking to me, and are some of the worst I have seen in my clinical practice.’

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The court was told during the hearing on Friday that, while in custody at La Moye, Mr Furlong called the victim to apologise for the incident.

In separate incidents on 24 and 26 November, Mr Furlong caused damage worth £542 to a white Ford Transit van and caused £208 worth of damage to a Skoda. He also caused £575 worth of damage to a parking barrier.

Advocate Ian Jones, defending, said: ‘There is very little available in the way of mitigation for Mr Furlong. He does accept responsibility for all the injuries caused.’

Advocate Julian Gollop, defending Miss Furlong, handed in a letter of apology for the victim and said his client accepted responsibility.

He said: ‘She has been co-operative and shown remorse. She has not been sober for two and a half years but has detoxed, and there can be a positive out of her going into custody.’

The pair were also made subject to a seven-year restraining order.

Jurats Jane Ronge and Pamela Jane Pitman were sitting.

Jack Maguire

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