Burnley ‘plank’ attacker faces jail term

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.

An attacker who subjected a Burnley grandmother to an horrific beating with a wooden plank is facing a long stretch behind bars.

Hungarian national Janos Bereczki (38) pleaded guilty to wounding Jacqueline Christie, with intent to cause her grievous bodily harm, when he appeared at Burnley Crown Court by video link from prison on Friday.

Bereczki, of Springfield Road, Burnley, will be sentenced on July 13th and was remanded in custody for the preparation of a pre-sentence report and an addendum to an existing psychiatric report.

The hearing was told the defendant had been in this country several years and had no previous convictions for violence.

Bereczki’s solicitor, Anthony Parkinson, told the court: ”Of course, it will be a lengthy custodial sentence, which he has been advised about, but there are perhaps issues as regards his mental state which should be examined before sentence.”

Recorder Michael Laprell told the defendant: ”You have pleaded guilty to an offence of wounding with intent, which is a very serious offence and your advocate has already advised you that a prison sentence is inevitable.”

The judge continued: “The court, on your application, wants both a pre-sentence report and a psychiatric report and for that reason, sentence will be adjourned until July 13th.”