Thug Evans was already subject to a suspended jail term for a previous assault when he lashed out at Mr Edmonds, causing him to fall and hit his head on a concrete floor.
The result of the punch was ‘devastating’ for Mr Edmonds, a bachelor who worked as an aerospace testing engineer, the court was told.
Mr Edmonds was helped into court in his wheelchair so he could see Evans, of no fixed address, sentenced to a total of 34 months in jail.Yup. That's all he got. How much of it will he even serve?
Jailing him for 28 months for the assault and implementing his six months suspended sentence consecutively Judge William Hart told him that the public might view the penalty as ‘pathetic.’You don't say!
But sentencing guidelines did not allow him to pass a longer term for the offence - or one which would truly mark the gravity of the consequences of his actions, the judge saidAh, yes, your hands are tied, aren't they? So it's not your fault, is it?
Evans had written a letter to the court saying 'I have wrecked Mr Edmonds’ life and I hate myself for it.'
He added 'I have done wrong in my life but I never thought something like this would happen. I am a stupid boy.
'I swear I have changed and I couldn’t be more sorry. I have wrote to Mr Edmonds to say sorry and I know he could never forgive me but I truly am 100 per cent sorry.'How nice. And how, it turns out, untrue...
Outside court after the hearing Mr Edmonds, who had been brought to court from the spinal injuries unit at Salisbury Hospital, said he had been hoping Evans would get a longer sentence but he understood the judge’s hands were tied.
'I knew Evans had one previous conviction for violence but I didn't realise there were others as well,' he said.
'He told the court he has written to me but I have never had a letter from him. I thought what he wrote that was read out in court did not sound that genuine - it was just the standard sort of thing you would expect him to say in the circumstances.
'I came to court because I just wanted to draw a line under it all. It was quite hard being in court to hear it all and to see him. But it was something I felt I had to do.Still, we can't blame the judge, because he's bound by...
Jailing Evans Judge Hart said it was he who had passed the suspended sentence on him last year.
'At that stage it was believed that if given a further chance under supervision you might be able to change your ways. How wrong we were!' said the judge.Who's the 'we' there? Ask anyone, they'd have told you that this creature is a waste of oxygen. Why, when some judges aren't so easily fooled, is nothing ever done about the ones who are?