Saturday, January 7, 2012

Christopher Towers who left a young mother paralysed is put behind bars for three years

A mother who was left paralysed after a petty row over a spilled drink applauded in court yesterday as her attacker was jailed.

Claire Hilton, 29, had been horrified when Christopher Towers was allowed home for Christmas after admitting grievous bodily harm.

Yesterday she said she was pleased after Towers, who broke her neck with a single punch, appeared for sentence and was locked away for three and a half years.

But wheelchair-bound Miss Hilton, who has an 11-year-old son, said her overwhelming emotion was anger.

‘I am pleased with the result but angry this happened to me at all. This has ruined my life and my son’s life.’

Miss Hilton, a telesales worker from Sunderland, was visiting a pub in Boldon, South Tyneside, with friends when a pint of cider was accidentally knocked over, marking the dress of Towers’s mother Lynn Flaherty, 46.

The friends offered to buy Flaherty another drink but she, 24-year-old Towers and his girlfriend Kelly McKone flew into a rage and refused to calm down. Read More