‘Tragic con­se­quences were not in­tended’

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RECORDER Nicholas Fewtrell said that Steven Young had ‘never in­tended’ his ac­tions to re­sult in such ‘tragic con­se­quences’.

He told the court: “What hap­pened is ex­tremely un­for­tu­nate, par­tic­u­larly for Mr Tom­lin­son. It’s a throw that had ter­ri­ble con­se­quences but there is a dis­tinc­tion be­tween that and a de­lib­er­ate punch.

“It’s quite clear that there is some al­ter­ca­tion as Mr Tom­lin­son tried to get out of the rain.

“You then phys­i­cally threw him off the premises. Or­di­nar­ily that wouldn’t have re­sulted in sig­nif­i­cant in­jury.

“As you threw him he fell heav­ily to the ground and must have struck with some force to the left side of his head.

“I ac­cept that you have found this al­most as tragic as Mr Tom­lin­son be­cause this has had some ef­fect on you.

“I don’t be­lieve for a mo­ment this is ever what you in­tended to hap­pen.

“You are a hard work­ing per­son who keeps away from the courts and this must have been a very stress­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, al­beit one that you brought upon your­self.”

Recorder Fewtrell sen­tenced Young to 12 months im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for two years and 100 hours of un­paid work.

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