Jail avoided for man who attacked men in Winchester city centre

Daily Echo: Jail avoided for man who attacked men in city centre Jail avoided for man who attacked men in city centre

A MAN who attacked two men in Winchester he mistakenly thought were molesting his girlfriend has narrowly avoided a prison sentence.

Simon Downes, 34, launched a violent attack on the two men in the city centre, a court heard.

One of the victims suffered a fractured skull when his head hit the pavement.

Downes, of St Martins Close, Barfoot St Martin, near Salisbury, admitted the two assaults.

The judge, Mr Recorder Simon Foster said he had mistakenly thought the men were causing problems for his girlfriend.

He jailed him for a year but suspended it for 24 months.

He also ordered Downes to do 200 hours’ community service and pay £1,000 compensation with a £100 victim surcharge.

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9:01am Thu 13 Feb 14

jackois says...

I'd like to know what percentage of convicted people actually complete their community service.

Perhaps the Echo might like to do an article, so that we could see if this form of punishment gives any benefit other than not having to pay the bill for a prison sentence.
I'd like to know what percentage of convicted people actually complete their community service. Perhaps the Echo might like to do an article, so that we could see if this form of punishment gives any benefit other than not having to pay the bill for a prison sentence. jackois

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