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SANDOWN MAN WHO LAUNCHED ‘UNPROVOKED ATTACK’ HANDED 4 WEEKS BEHIND BARS

38-year-old Matthew Sutherland, who launched an unprovoked attack on a man he didn’t know, has been handed 4 weeks in custody.

Sutherland, of Royal Street in Sandown, appeared at the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (Friday) having previously admitted assault by beating and failing to surrender to court.

Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court that on 27th November last year, Sutherland entered Sandown Pier and proceeded to punch a man in his torso several times. The 38-year-old then held the man up against the door with his hands round his throat, before letting go and leaving the scene.

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The 2 parties didn’t know one another.

Sutherland was due to appear in court on 23rd February, however, he failed to appear and a warrant for his arrest was issued. He eventually appeared the following day.

Defending Sutherland, Jim Osborne told the court that at the time of the offence, Sutherland was addicted to drugs and alcohol and that he had shown clear remorse for his actions that day.

Sutherland was handed a 4-week prison sentence for the offence of assault by beating by Magistrates, with no separate penalty awarded for failing to surrender.

The 38-year-old was also ordered to pay a £154 surcharge fee.

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fred black
fred black
30 days ago

is that all needs more of a sentence for an unprovoked attack on a stranger

Wayne Kerr
Wayne Kerr
30 days ago

The Pier harbours some unsavoury persons.
Many druggies sit on the pier, many persons smoke at the back of the pier.
The Pier is a lawless place.

Vehicles park on Double yellow lines outside the pier 24/7

S Evans
S Evans
Reply to  Wayne Kerr
29 days ago

What absolute nonsense. You’ve must have got the wrong pier because I’m there every day and none of what you say is true.

Wayne Kerr
Wayne Kerr
Reply to  S Evans
28 days ago

You need to go to Specsavers.

Vehicles are parked on Double yellow lines outside the Pier on a daily basis.

There is always a black Hyundai and a white BMW to name a few
parked outside the pier (NO disability badges)

Also druggies are sometimes on the pier and persons smoke on the back of the
Pier.

Do you actually know where Sandown Pier is!

IoWill
IoWill
Reply to  Wayne Kerr
28 days ago

Bloody Victorians. What on earth were they thinking?

Steph
Steph
30 days ago

What a menace to society this sh1thouse is hope he gets a smack inside then he will know what that other chap went through
Blame the Drugs blame the alcohol still no excuse he needs to be taught a lesson or 2

jim
jim
30 days ago

should of got 4 years dirty junkie

IoWill
IoWill
Reply to  jim
28 days ago

Should have, not should of

Frank Mcdougall
Frank Mcdougall
30 days ago

4 weeks is a joke that should be 12 months minimum … an unprovoked attack on a stranger that was minding his own business … and his solicitor stated he showed remorse the same day after leaving the scene then failing to turn up at court …. Sad state of affairs our justice system …

Robert Peel
Robert Peel
29 days ago

The Pier is a shady place.

tdalley
tdalley
29 days ago

Is this a joke it’s just a smack on the wrist he should be banged up for at least a year and made to work not fed and watered at our expense .

Dave G
Dave G
29 days ago

So he does about 14 days, if that, and then walks away with no consequences. His victim however will relive the moment for years. Do we actually have a competant court system at all? Violent offenders should never be given an easy sentence. The whole system sucks.

 

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