Wyverstone parish council chairman jailed for assault

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Wyverstone Parish Council Chairman James Andrew Arnold has been jailed for seven days for assault on a girl aged under 16.

Arnold, 49, of Potash Lane, Wyverstone, was sentenced at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court today, having pleaded guilty on a previous occasion to assault by beating in November last year to a girl who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Ian Devine, prosecuting, said the assault came to light after police received complaints about Arnold’s behaviour.

When interviewed, the girl said he had twisted her arm behind her back during a dispute.

Mr Devine said Arnold had been ‘aggravated’ by his being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and a terminal cancer more recently.

Claire Lockwood, in mitigation, said Arnold had been assaulted by the girl in the past, though he accepted that was not an excuse.

She said Arnold had been parish chairman for 10 years and had been on the village hall and playground committees.

He was sentenced to seven days jail, but that was deemed served because he has been in custody for a month pending facing weapons charges at Ipswich Crown Court next month.