Ma­chete at­tack trio jailed for 24 years

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By WENDY BAR­LOW

A MUM dubbed “She Devil”, who hacked a man with a ma­chete and urged her adult kids to join in on at­tacks, has been jailed.

Mar­garet Gil­heaney, 36, was ar­rested af­ter a man was bat­tered sense­less with a bro­ken bot­tle by her son Joseph and an­other al­most stabbed to death by her and her daugh­ter Is­abel.

The vi­cious at­tacks were car­ried out by Gil­heaney’s teenage chil­dren, both 19, dur­ing rowdy par­ties at her home in Ac­cring­ton, Lancs.

The first vic­tim, Jor­dan Da­ley, who had been cel­e­brat­ing his 18th birth­day, was left need­ing 51 stitches and scarred for life af­ter be­ing sav­agely beaten with a bot­tle by Joseph.


The sec­ond vic­tim, dad-of-three Matthew Howard, 27, was at­tacked with a ma­chete by Is­abel and Mar­garet.

He suf­fered a col­lapsed lung and nerve dam­age when he was dragged into an al­ley­way and “left for dead” af­ter be­ing stabbed 14 times.

Mar­garet pleaded guilty at Burn­ley Crown Court to vi­o­lent dis­or­der and wound­ing with in­tent to do griev­ous bod­ily harm and was caged for 10 years.

Daugh­ter Is­abel, has 20 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was jailed for six years af­ter she ad­mit­ted wound­ing with in­tent.

Son Joseph, who has 35 pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, was sen­tenced to eight years af­ter he ad­mit­ted wound­ing with in­tent, af­fray and pos­sess­ing a knife in a third at­tack where he chased two neigh­bours down the street with a ma­chete.

Af­ter the case, one neigh­bour of Gil­heaney said: “Peo­ple called her the ‘She Devil’ be­cause of all the prob­lems at her house.

“We are not sur­prised her brood turned out to be lit­tle hor­rors too.”

CAGED: Mother Mar­garet

GUILTY: Daugh­ter Is­abel (

and son Joseph

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