Bury St Edmunds man Chaz Thacker jailed after assaulting two men on Mount Road
A Bury St Edmunds man has been jailed for twelve weeks after assaulting two men on Mount Road over the Christmas period.
Chaz Thacker, 27, of Bury Road, had pleaded not guilty to striking a 76-year-old man and a man in his 20s on December 30, but entered a guilty verdict on Monday, February 10.
Appearing before Peterborough Magistrates' Court, Thacker was jailed for 12 weeks for the first charge and eight weeks concurrent to the second - meaning he will spend 12 rather than 20 weeks behind bars.
He was also ordered to pay a combined £300 compensation.
A female relation of the man in his 70s told the Bury Free Press he was walking his dog on Mount Road when Thacker approached.
“It was unbelievable,” she said, in the aftermath of the incident.
“(Thacker) had already attacked someone when he approached him and said ‘have you got the time’. He looked down at his watch and (Thacker) hit him in the face, which knocked him down, and started kicking him in the abdomen and chest.
“A woman driving past saw this and screamed ‘stop kicking that man’, to which the attacker just ran off. (The victim) had no idea why he was attacked, it seemed totally random.
“We are so grateful to the police force, who showed so much kindness. Everybody moans about the police, but they do a great job.”
The relative said the 76-year-old is a former cancer patient and suffered wounds to his ribs from the onslaught, as well as traumatic injuries to his face.
“He is afraid now after what happened,” she added, “he is very tearful, frightened and does not want to go out.”
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