Teen avoids jail after glassing

Daily Echo: Southampton Crown Court Southampton Crown Court

A teenager who hit a fellow drinker over the head with a pint glass was spared an immediate prison sentence after a judge read psychiatric reports and heard how he had reformed.

Southampton Crown Court heard that Jason Bennett had been involved in an altercation outside the home of victim Paul Pither eight months previously.

On July 13, Mr Pither was with his wife in the rear garden of an Eastleigh pub when he heard abusive language aimed at him and, turning round, saw it was Bennett.

Prosecutor Jodie Mittell said Mr Pither and his wife got up to leave but Bennett followed, still shouting.

He then produced a glass from behind his back and struck Mr Pither, causing three cuts to the top of his head and leaving him with scarring on his forehead.

Mr Pither was knocked unconscious and taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

In an impact statement, he said the assault had left him feeling vulnerable and insecure and he also spoke of his fears for his wife and their home because Bennett knew where they lived.

Said to have six previous convictions, Bennett, 19, of Riverside, Eastleigh, admitted causing actual bodily harm and breaching a six-month conditional discharge imposed for shoplifting.

In mitigation, Leah Dillon told the court of the teenager’s mental issues and that he had since given up taking cannabis.

On the day of the assault, he had drunk at least six pints of beer and had not taken his medication.

“It made him far more volatile and, to use his words, his behaviour was out of order.

“He no longer drinks to that extent, only socially at weekends.

“The fact he has obtained work has kept him on the straight and narrow and he could not be sorrier than he is.”

Judge Peter Ralls QC described the assault as premeditated and targeting an individual in a public place.

In his report, a psychiatrist said Bennett was a different person to the one who he had previously seen and was more mature. He also had a steady girlfriend and had obtained a job.

“I have come to the conclusion that I must give you a chance to turn your life around,” explained the judge, giving Bennett a 20-month suspended sentence, 24 months supervision and a six-month mental health treatment programme.

Under the terms of a five-year restraining order, the judge also banned Bennett from having contact with his victim or entering the Bishopstoke street in which Mr Pither lives.

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4:51am Wed 11 Dec 13

skeptik says...

Are we sitting comfortably - todays tale for the gullible in six parts.
Are we sitting comfortably - todays tale for the gullible in six parts. skeptik

8:13am Wed 11 Dec 13

iow-is-red-and-white says...

My first reaction to this was 'what a joke' how could this not be a custodial sentence? However, what would Bennett be like following release and would a holiday at HM pleasure be a deterrent for him to do it again, I doubt it. So this means the victim has no satisfactory outcome. If Bennett is now working, and therefore earning, there should have been huge compensation awarded to the victim but no mention in the article. Either this is complete injustice or just a very poor report from the DE
My first reaction to this was 'what a joke' how could this not be a custodial sentence? However, what would Bennett be like following release and would a holiday at HM pleasure be a deterrent for him to do it again, I doubt it. So this means the victim has no satisfactory outcome. If Bennett is now working, and therefore earning, there should have been huge compensation awarded to the victim but no mention in the article. Either this is complete injustice or just a very poor report from the DE iow-is-red-and-white

10:21am Wed 11 Dec 13

hulla baloo says...

The main picture should be changed to courts of injustice.
The main picture should be changed to courts of injustice. hulla baloo

12:57pm Wed 11 Dec 13

kiddynamite says...

what a load of bs! So the little tw@t got away with it is what you are reporting. Blame the weed aye, its easier than admitting the kid is a ****@r! . Jokes....
what a load of bs! So the little tw@t got away with it is what you are reporting. Blame the weed aye, its easier than admitting the kid is a ****@r! . Jokes.... kiddynamite

1:42pm Wed 11 Dec 13

TheMysterycat says...

“He no longer drinks to that extent, only socially at weekends."
The day he smashed a glass into the chaps face was July 13 - a Saturday. And what is a drink in a pub if its not a social drink?

So no change then - and no consequences.
Wouldn’t like to be sitting next to him in a pub, hasn’t received much of a deterrent from doing it agian has he?

Classic British justice.
“He no longer drinks to that extent, only socially at weekends." The day he smashed a glass into the chaps face was July 13 - a Saturday. And what is a drink in a pub if its not a social drink? So no change then - and no consequences. Wouldn’t like to be sitting next to him in a pub, hasn’t received much of a deterrent from doing it agian has he? Classic British justice. TheMysterycat

3:12pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Charlie Bucket says...

TheMysterycat wrote:
“He no longer drinks to that extent, only socially at weekends."
The day he smashed a glass into the chaps face was July 13 - a Saturday. And what is a drink in a pub if its not a social drink?

So no change then - and no consequences.
Wouldn’t like to be sitting next to him in a pub, hasn’t received much of a deterrent from doing it agian has he?

Classic British justice.
Oh, come now! He's only got six previous convictions, and you know what they say - seventh time lucky! I myself have no doubt he's finally turned his life around........
[quote][p][bold]TheMysterycat[/bold] wrote: “He no longer drinks to that extent, only socially at weekends." The day he smashed a glass into the chaps face was July 13 - a Saturday. And what is a drink in a pub if its not a social drink? So no change then - and no consequences. Wouldn’t like to be sitting next to him in a pub, hasn’t received much of a deterrent from doing it agian has he? Classic British justice.[/p][/quote]Oh, come now! He's only got six previous convictions, and you know what they say - seventh time lucky! I myself have no doubt he's finally turned his life around........ Charlie Bucket

1:21pm Fri 13 Dec 13

This_DAMN_Town says...

Gets away with it and adds another tick for those who demonise the weed. The child should learn to hold his liquor and spend time helping his victims with compensation. 7 crimes and still no prison sentence, what is wrong in this country!
Gets away with it and adds another tick for those who demonise the weed. The child should learn to hold his liquor and spend time helping his victims with compensation. 7 crimes and still no prison sentence, what is wrong in this country! This_DAMN_Town

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