Toddler and baby left ill after pepper spray attack
TWO small children were left coughing for a week after they were caught in the crossfire of a pepper spray attack, a court heard.
Jessica Henderson and her two children, one aged six months and one aged two, were left ill following the attack by Benjamaine Campbell in Dursley.
The 19-year-old admitted affray and possession of a prohibited weapon.
He had previously denied the offences and a jury were set to try him on Tuesday morning before he changed his plea to guilty.
Bring a friend to Yoga with Evelyn at 8pm on Wednesdays, and get...View details
Bring a friend to Evelyn’s “Yoga” class on Wednesdays at 8-9pm, and get your class half for only £3. Offer open to non-members. Contact Natasha on 07958 520042 for details.
Terms: Class running at Fitness4Less, Grosvenor terrace. Non-members welcome.
Valid until: Friday, January 31 2014
The court heard Campbell had gone to the doorstep of a home in Rosebery Mount on April 17 after an altercation with a man, who did not want to give evidence in the case.
The spray was released as the two men tussled in the house.
Ms Henderson and her two children were caught in the crossfire and ended up inhaling some of the gas.
Police were called and the pepper spray was later found hidden in a hamster cage at the home of 18-year-old Michael Hensley.
Ms Henderson told the court she was relieved he had pleaded guilty and she did not have to go through a trial.
She said: "I am trying to move house as I am a bit frightened. I was sprayed in my face and so was my son.
"For a week we all got coughs and both my children were sick."
Judge Jamie Tabor QC praised the woman for giving evidence.
He said: "It is the ladies that come forward very often and given evidence.
"Look what has happened as soon as you appeared in court – he pleaded guilty."
Campbell also admitted a separate offence of assaulting his former girlfriend Emma Crowcombe on March 3 this year.
The court previously heard he pulled her hair, kicked her and bit her finger during the attack, which took place at Sugar Nightclub in Stroud before spilling out to the town's train station.
Campbell, of Everlands, in Cam, was remanded in custody.
He will be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on October 30.
Hensley, of St Mary's Square, Gloucester, also admitted possession of a prohibited weapon, but denied using it.
The 18-year-old was given a 12-month community order with supervision and was ordered to attend a 30-day thinking skills programme at Gloucester Crown Court last month.