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Diss pub attacker escapes jail term
Published Date: 16 April 2010
A 24-year-old Diss man has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work following an assault at a pub.
At a hearing at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday, Paul Roberts, of Paine Close, admitted assaulting 18-year-old William Webster – knocking out two of his front teeth at The Crown pub, St Nicholas Street, in the early hours of Christmas Day last year.
The court was told that Roberts had been given a community order for affray in October last year, following an incident at The Greyhound pub, in which the victim suffered a deep cut on his nose.
Michael Clare, defending, said Roberts was sorry for what had happened, that he suffered from depression, was on medication and could not remember anything when he drank alcohol.
Malcolm Robins, prosecuting, said Roberts and Mr Webster knew each other and Mr Webster accepted he may have said something which could have upset Roberts, who then elbowed him in his mouth.
But he said Mr Webster did not retaliate and other people in the pub were trying to calm Roberts down.
Roberts was given a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for two years and a one-year supervision order, under which he must attend an anger management programme for up to six months.
Roberts was also ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work for the community and pay £1,000 compensation to Mr Webster.
Judge Alasdair Darroch told Roberts: "I think the public will be better protected if you go on a course rather than me sending you to prison."
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- Last Updated: 16 April 2010 3:55 PM
- Source: Diss Express
- Location: Diss