Mitigating for French, Nick Maggs said: “He accepts that it was him and he was responsible.
“The report writer asked why he didn’t admit it. His explanation was ‘well, my dad told me to’.
“That’s not a good explanation but one has to compare it to other defendants who are convicted at trial and maintain that position upon conviction. But now that he expresses some remorse is significant.”
Oooh, scraping the excuse barrel there, Nicky boy...
Recorder Leslie Cuthbert said: “You participated in what can be described as a group attack on him, a simple member of the public who was trying to do his civic duty to prevent you and your two associates from stealing alcohol from Sainsbury’s.
“In return for him doing that courageous act you participated in punching and kicking him, fracturing his left eye socket and his left shoulder dislocated.”
And that calls for a spell in chokey, surely? Surely...?
Recorder Cuthbert said that French is “only just” not going to prison, giving him 23 months suspended for two years, plus 200 hours unpaid work and 15 days rehabilitation.
He also ordered French to pay £2,000 in compensation, plus £1,750 in costs.
From his well-paying job, I suppose?