A vile dad-of-five who made up bizarre claims about a “Jihadi knifewoman” terrorising Hull punched a schoolgirl in the face three times when she refused to hand over her mobile phone.
Barry Oxendale attacked the 15-year-old girl as she was walking home along Anlaby Road on February 3 at 9.30pm.
The 39-year-old targeted the youngster, who was on the phone to her friend, by asking her for the time before attempting to snatch the iPhone 5 from her grasp.
When the teenager unexpectedly put up a fight, Oxendale retaliated by attacking the defenceless youngster and dangerously dragging her into the middle of Anlaby Road.
The girl’s mother, who has four other children, said: “He asked her for the time and gave her this weird look before trying to grab the phone off her.
How the attack unfolded
“My daughter grabbed the phone back off him and with that he tried to get it back off her. There was a bit of a scuffle and he dragged her into the middle of the road.
“He punched her three times in the head and by this point she was screaming. Her friend was still on the line and heard everything that was happening.”
Fortunately for the terrified teenager, who had just met her boyfriend’s parents for the first time, six men came to her rescue and managed to apprehend Oxendale. However, the mother says he then pulled out a knife before being arrested outside West Park by police.
The impact it has had on his victim
The schoolgirl Oxendale attacked had to be taken to hospital where she was met by her frantic mother who only found out about the assault through her daughter’s friend.
The youngster needed X-rays after suffering reddening to her head and her mother was left terrified after finding out Oxendale had brandished a knife.
“Knowing he had a blade was terrible and it got me really emotional,” the 35-year-old said. “She suffered a really sore jaw but luckily there was no bruising.
“I do think about what could have happened and the first time I went past the scene of where it happened on the bus I just broke down in tears.”
Although the youngster, who is now 16, has recovered physically from the attack, the huge psychological impact is still taking its toll on the teenager. Her mum said: “She is always in her room, doesn’t go out as much and she is always home now before dark. Before, she used to be five to 10 minutes late returning home like most teenagers are but now I don’t even have to ring her because she is always home on time.
“She is never out past 7pm or 8pm at the latest and she does bottle things up. I do think she needs to get with her friends and go out but some days I prefer her to be at home and I worry when she is out.”
Mum: ‘How could he do that to a 15-year-old girl?’
Oxendale, of Beckhole Close, west Hull, pleaded guilty to robbery as well as a string of other offences. This included a burglary on October 20, 2017, three shop thefts just two days later, and a breach of a suspended sentence which was imposed by the court on November 23, 2017.
He was jailed for six-and-a-half years in total after being sentenced at Hull Crown Court on Friday, but the schoolgirl’s mum is not convinced that a spell behind bars will rehabilitate her daughter’s attacker.
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“Knowing he is behind bars has made us happy but I have no doubt he will do it again when he gets out, unless prison can cure him.
“I’ve got five children and I think he has got the same number of kids too so I just don’t understand how he could do that to somebody else’s child.
“How cowardly do you have to be to go for a 15-year-old girl? I hope to God it never happens to his children and I just hope he learns the error of his ways.”
The false ‘Jihadi knifewoman’ threats
Oxendale, who describes himself on Facebook as a “stay at home parent,” became the subject of ridicule in June 2017 when he made up false claims about a “Jihadi knifewoman” running down Westcott street.
The twisted dad told his partner at the time that he had just seen a “crazy woman all in black” running down the east Hull street with a knife shouting “this is for Jihadi.” He claimed that police had arrived on the street and tasered the woman before throwing her in the back of a van.
Alarmed by what she was hearing, his girlfriend put up a Facebook post which caused widespread panic. However, it was all a pack of lies, and Oxendale received a penalty notice for disorder for causing the wasteful employment of police after a team of officers were dispatched to Westcott Street to investigate.
After his deception, which came on the same day that Hymers College in west Hull was placed in lockdown following reports of an armed intruder, his now ex-girlfriend ended their five-and-a-half year relationship.
The lies also came just weeks after terror attacks in London and Manchester, and his ridiculous claims were slammed by Hull mosque leader Imam Hafiz Salik who branded his actions as “dangerous.”