Romford man jailed for 23 years after attack on child and woman

A man who admitted the attempted murder of a child in Brentwood has been jailed for 23 years.

Zach Hughes, 27, of Brentwood Road, Romford, was jailed for 36 years for attempted murder when he appeared at Basildon Crown Court today, Friday May 6.

On Monday July 12, 2021, Hughes met up with his victims and another person before they travelled together to Brentwood.

As the car was being parked in Brook Street, Hughes went to the rear of the car, reached inside and attacked the young child and a woman.

They were treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital.

Hughes was arrested the following day and charged with attempted murder, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Southend Magistrates’ Court on July 15, 2021.

On Wednesday March 9, the judge at Basildon Crown Court accepted Hughes’ guilty pleas to all three charges.

At the same court today, Hughes was sentenced to 36 years in prison.

Detective Inspector Brian Palombella of Essex Police’s Crime and Public Protection, said: “This has been an extremely sensitive and distressing case not only for the lead investigating officer – DC Emily Hulme – and my teams, but also those who attended the incident.

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the first responders and members of the public whose actions were vital in what were clearly very traumatizing circumstances, and the sentencing today clearly reflects that impact.”

Mick Ferris

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