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Man sentenced after attacking homeless woman

Reece Finch

A man who assaulted a homeless woman in Great Yarmouth during an unprovoked attack has been sentenced.  

Reece Finch, 19, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday (12 June 2019) after being convicted of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm following a trial in April.  

Finch, of North Quay, was given a 12-year extended prison sentence and ordered to serve eight in prison with a four year extended licence period.  

The incident happened at about 1am on Friday 12 October when Finch approached the 63-year-old victim as she was setting up her bed in a doorway off the Market Place.  

He grabbed the victim, putting her in a headlock before smashing her head into a metal gate which caused multiple fractures to her face.  

The victim was found collapsed near Argos at about 8am in the morning and taken to the James Paget University Hospital for treatment.  

Forensic enquiries carried out at the scene led to officers arresting Finch and further enquiries established he had returned home that morning with his hands covered in blood.  

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Ashley Parker, from Great Yarmouth CID welcomed the sentence.  

He said: "This was a very nasty assault against a vulnerable woman who had no means of protecting herself. Although there was evidence placing him at the scene of the attack, Finch has never provided a consistent account of his movements that night or shown any remorse.  

"It is pleasing to know that he will spend a significant amount of time in prison where he no longer poses a danger to the public.”