Woman jailed after ‘luring’ ex husband into baseball bat attack

A WOMAN involved in a vicious baseball bat attack on her former husband was jailed for six year at Lincoln Crown Court on Monday.

Alison Lakin drove the victim, Julian Staff, from his home to an isolated beet stand in Beech Lane, Gosberton, where he was attacked by her new partner Greig Parkin.

Lakin then tried to shift blame for the assault onto innocent man making a statement to police claiming he was responsible.

And, after Parkin later threatened Mr Staff, she again lied to police to try and save him from prosecution.

Lakin, 36, of Gosberton Bank, Gosberton, denied wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on 12 December 2011 and two charges of perverting the course of justice.

She was found guilty by a jury following a trial.

Judge Michael Heath said: “When the unfortunate Mr Staff arrived at the beet stand he was immediately removed from the car and beaten about the head with the baseball bat.

“You lured Mr Staff there. You were equally as guilty as the man who wielded the baseball bat.

“These offences are so serious that I cannot impose anything other than a custodial sentence.”

Joanna Staples, defending, said Lakin is the main carer for her dependent children and also cares for her mother.

She urged the judge to keep the sentence as short as possible.

Parkin, 32, who was previously living at a bail address in Derbyshire, was jailed for nine years at an earlier hearing.

He denied charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on 12 December 2011 and witness intimidation but was convicted by a jury after a trial.

Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said told the jury that the attack was planned by Parkin and his partner Alison Lakin who had previously been the wife of Mr Staff.

Lakin contacted Mr Staff saying they needed to talk and then drove to his home and took him to the beet stand in her car.

Mr Dee said “It was an odd place to go. She parked up there. Waiting at this out of the way location was Greig Parkin with a baseball bat.

“Parkin opened the car door and grabbed Mr Staff. He then subjected him to an attack with the bat. It was done with the intent to cause Mr Staff really serious injury.

“It was planned between them. Parkin hit Mr Staff several times to the head. Mr Staff was left bleeding and battered at the beet stand.”

Afterwards Lakin drove Parkin from the scene leaving Mr Staff to make his own way home. His parents called the emergency services and he was taken to hospital.

Mr Staff told the jury “I got dragged out of the car. I saw the person who dragged me out. It was Greig Parkin.

“I got hit with a baseball bat on the face. The blows were very hard. It made me go dizzy. Alison didn’t say anything while this was happening. At the time I didn’t know what it was about.

“It stopped when he got in the car and they drove off. I was bleeding all over.”

12 days later Parkin and another unidentified man, both wearing balaclavas, burst into Mr Staff’s home and threatened him with an axe.

During the trial the couple claimed they were not involved in the attack on Mr Staff.