A MAN who admitted the attempted murder of a woman and child in Essex has been jailed for 23 years. 

Zach Hughes, 27, was sentenced during a hearing at Basildon Crown Court today, Friday, May 6.

Hughes met up with his victims and another person before they travelled together to Brentwood on July 12 last year.

As the car was being parked in Brook Street, Hughes went to the rear of the car.

He reached inside and attacked the young child and a woman.

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

Hughes, of Brentwood Road, Romford, 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.

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On Wednesday, March 9, Hughes admitted all three charges when appearing at Basildon Crown Court.

Following today's sentencing, Det Insp 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.”