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Dumfries attack trio handed jail terms

Dumfries attack trio
Image caption Foley (left), Ringland (centre) and White (right) were jailed for more than eight years in total

Three people convicted after a woman was attacked and robbed in her own home have been jailed for a total of eight-and-a-half years.

Wendy Stoddart was assaulted at her property in Dunlop Road, Dumfries, on 29 January this year.

She was punched, kicked and had her head smacked against the ground.

John Ringland, 30, Lee Foley, 33, and Tamara White, 31, were found guilty of assaulting and robbing Ms Stoddart following a trial last month.

A court heard how she was also repeatedly threatened with a hammer and ordered to strip before a sum of cash was stolen from her.

In sentencing the trio at the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Matthews described the incident as "nasty".

He jailed Ringland for three-and-a-half years, while Foley was sentenced to three years and White two years.

The judge said Foley had "perpetrated" the initial assault along with White, while Ringland had been "calling the shots".

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