Murderer, 65, who spent 35 years behind bars for drowning a sex worker in bath is jailed for five years for attacking woman just months after being released on license
- Alphonso Frederick, 65, carried out sadistic killing of Patricia Gammon in 1985
- Sex worker was found beaten with a machete and drowned in a bath at Leeds flat
- Frederick spent three decades in prison for her murder, but assaulted another woman in West Yorkshire just five months after his release on licence last May
- He was jailed for five years at Leeds Crown Court, with a judge slamming his ‘persistent, motiveless attack’ and warning him he may never be released again
A murderer who spent 35 years behind bars for drowning a sex worker in a bath has carried out another heinous attack – just months after he was released on license.
Alphonso Frederick, now 65, carried out the sadistic killing of his first victim, Patricia Gammon, at a flat in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in 1984 in what became known as the ‘body in the bath’ murder.
He served more than three decades in prison before being released on license in May 2020, when he rekindled a friendship with an old friend, a court heard.
The pair met at his flat in October for social drinks, it was heard, before the woman woke up the next morning ‘black and blue’, with six fractured ribs and a collapsed lung.
She had swelling around her eyes and cheekbones and there was dried blood around her lips, Leeds Crown Court heard, and was rushed to hospital for treatment.
Frederick was arrested a short time later and, appearing in court this week, he was handed an extended prison sentence of five years.
Jailing Frederick again, Judge Geoffrey Marson slammed his and ‘prolonged, persistent and motiveless attack’, warning him he may never be released again.
Alphonso Frederick, now 65, carried out the sadistic killing of his first victim, Patricia Gammon, at a flat in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in 1984 in what became known as the ‘body in the bath’ murder
In 1984, Frederick, part of the criminal underworld, murdered 33-year-old Patricia Gammon as revenge for giving evidence against her former partner at a robbery trial.
At the time, a court heard the pair spent the evening drinking at different pubs before returning to her home in Leeds.
She was then beaten with a machete before being drowned in the bath, where she was found face down in the water.
Frederick, 29 at the time of the killing, was convicted of murder and spent 35 years in prison before being released on May 20 last year.
He had only been free for five months when he attacked his latest victim.
Leeds Crown Court heard the woman went to meet Frederick for a social drink at his flat in Leeds on October 15.
Prosecutor Christine Edgerton said the victim only recalled having a few drinks before waking up in extreme pain the following morning.
She added the offender called a taxi for the woman and that she travelled to the home of her daughter, who was shocked to see her mother ‘black and blue’ with bruises.
She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by ambulance, where her devastating injuries were revealed, and she spent five days there being treated.
In a victim statement read to the court, the woman said: ‘I am suffering from extreme pain and discomfort as a result of this crime which is causing me to lose sleep.
Frederick was handed an extended prison sentence of five years at Leeds Crown Court (above) after assaulting another woman just five months after his release on licence in May 2020
‘I am barely able to walk, breathe or move as a result of my injuries.’
She added: ‘I still feel anxious and stressed and suffer from nightmares, leading me to wake up in the night.’
Mark Foley, mitigating, said Frederick had not indicated any motive or justification for attacking the victim, adding: ‘That will be a matter of great concern.’
Mr Foley added: ‘It is difficult to mitigate. His recollections (of the assault) are poor.
‘He does recognise that he did assault the complainant.
‘He recalls the beginning of the assault. Clearly, drink played a part and that is an aggravating, not a mitigating, factor.’
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC warned the defendant he may never be released, adding it was ‘troubling’ to hear the attack appeared to be ‘motiveless’.
Frederick appeared in court via a video link from prison, while the victim watched on from the public gallery as the sentence was handed down.
Judge Marson QC said: ‘You should understand that, having regard to the fact that you were on life licence and committed this offence so soon after being released for an offence of murder, it is very likely that it will be very many years indeed, if ever, that you are released into the community.’
Frederick must serve a custodial period of three years, of which he must spend two-thirds in custody, followed by a further two years on licence.
Judge Marson added: ‘The number of injuries indicates to me that this was clearly a prolonged and persistent attack upon her.
‘It is very troubling to hear that you are not able to indicate any motive for the attack.
‘It was clearly motiveless.’
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