Alan Williamson’s wife wanted to speak to Harry Furlong before his release

THE wife of a man who was nearly beaten to death with a log says she wanted a chance to ask one of his attackers why they did it before he was released from prison.

The Argus can now reveal that Harry Furlong, 18, was released from prison last Friday due to curfew, just 77 days after his conviction.

After his conviction he served a total of 126 days in prison.

He was sentenced on June 30 to 20 months in prison for causing aggravated assault without intent after the brutal attack on male nurse Alan Willson on Easter Sunday last year.

Brothers Archie, 14, and George Tilley, 16, have been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the assault that left the 47-year-old with permanent brain damage.

The Argus: Harry Furlong at a court appearanceHarry Furlong at a court date

Alan’s wife Annie Willson met with The Argus earlier this month ahead of Furlong’s release and said she wanted the “opportunity to ask him why”.

She said: “I want to be the first person he sees when he gets out of prison.

“Even if he’s in the car, I want him to know that no matter where he is, I’ll always be close behind him.

“This gives me a chance to ask him why. why did he do that? Surely he knows the difference between right and wrong. There was a little boy involved, why do you want to do that?

“It’s like the Bulger killers again, they were ten. They were tried as adults, why weren’t Archie and George tried as adults? They knew what they were doing.

The Argus: George, left, and Archie Tilley were each jailed for 12 yearsGeorge, left, and Archie Tilley were each jailed for 12 years

“I want to ask Harry why did he do that?”

Furlong, from Horsham, turned himself in to police the day after the attack.

Alan confronted the boys after being made aware of an incident of bullying at the park.

Furlong claimed to have once punched Alan in the face for holding his friend.

The boy who witnessed the attack said: “They all started hitting him with stumps or really big, thick sticks”.

Furlong, who was found guilty of aggravated assault without intent, was not classified as a dangerous offender and it was ruled that he would serve half of his 20-month sentence, minus time spent in pre-trial detention since his incarceration in June Detention and half into the community on license.

The Argus: Longcroft Park on the day of the attackLongcroft Park on the day of the attack

Annie said she will get her “revenge” by continuing to speak out about the attack.

She also has plans to write a book about the ordeal.

She added: “Wherever you go George and Archie, I won’t be far behind.

“When you think of the word revenge, it conjures up people who want to fight. But for me revenge is power.

“That’s why I’m telling the newspapers.

“When someone lives their day without giving you a second thought, but will be there when you fall. Without having to exert pressure, without having to break the law in any way.”

Prisoners serving a sentence of at least 12 weeks but less than four years may be considered under the curfew before their automatic release date.

A Justice Department spokeswoman said: “Offenders released from home confinement due to curfew will be closely monitored with electronic tags and may be returned to prison for violating their license terms.” Alan Williamson’s wife wanted to speak to Harry Furlong before his release

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