Teenager spared jail after assault

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A STOWMARKET man has receievd a year long community order and must pay £300 in compensation after he assaulted a man he believed had stabbed his friend.

Aaron Laflin, 19, of Falcoln Drive, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty to assault by beating and criminal damage at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Laflin also pleaded guilty to breaching a restraining order and to an earlier public order offence.

Prosecuting, Nikki Miller said that Laflin had yelled at victim Darnell Meade on Gipping Road in Stowmarket on July 12 and ran up to him.

She said: “The defendent punched him in the face with both hands and pushed him to the ground. The complainant had to block a kick aimed at his head and was held in a headlock until workmen intervened.”

Mr Meade suffered cuts and bruises in the attack and a pair of headphones he was carrying, worth £398, were smashed.

In mitigation, Claire Lockwood said Laflin had attacked his victim because he thought he had stabbed his friend in an attack weeks before and had taken the law into his own hands.

Sentencing, District Judge Celia Dawson said that prison would not do Laflin any good.

She said: “Custody is something you can do, it is not a threat to you, it is a cop out.”

Judge Dawson gave Laflin a 12 month community order with supervision. He was also made to pay £300 compensation and £100 costs.