A workman on a building site left a teenage apprentice unconscious and with a broken jaw after a row over a scratched work van.Nice!
Even the defence can’t find some halfway-decent mitigation for this:
Clare Evans, defending, said of her client: “He maintains that this was an incident that was isolated.
“As they began to argue the toss about whether Mr Hibbins did or did not cause the damage Mr Aldridge rather expected Mr Hibbins to say ‘all right, I did’. He said he rather lost the ability to know what to do.”Really?
Judge Tom Corrie said he viewed the defendant’s account “with a healthy dose of scepticism” and added: “There was no excuse at all for this grotesque over-reaction.”Reaching deep down into the Big Book Of Excuses, the defence suddenly remembered some:
Miss Evans said Aldridge, who has a previous criminal record for domestic abuse, had not had much sleep the night before the attack and his partner had recently lost a baby at 38 weeks.Oh, well, quite understandable. Who could put the poor man behind bars after hearing that?
Certainly not the judge:
Judge Corrie gave him a 12-month jail term, suspended for two years, with 12 months’ supervision, 150 hours’ unpaid work and order to pay £500 costs and £500 compensation.*sigh*
As Aldridge left the dock, a member of Mr Hibbins’ family told him: “You got off light there, didn’t you? Got off very light.”Yes. Yes, he did…