Builder made to do unpaid work after attack

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A THUG who attacked a man has been told to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Builder Shaun Coleman will also have to pay Glen Kennard £1,000 in compensation after he left him needing an ankle operation following the assault in Gosport.

The court heard Mr Kennard has since had to have an operation to insert a metal screw into his ankle.

Prosecutor Roderick Blain said: ‘The operation was not entirely successful. He will require a further operation in due course.’

Coleman, of Jamaica Place, Gosport, denied the offence but was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm after a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

The court heard the 24-year-old father-of-one had previous convictions, including two for violence. The attack on Mr Kennard happened in May last year.

Sentencing him Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘I accept that this was committed on the spur of the moment and you were reckless rather than intending to cause such consequences.

‘Nevertheless you did cause a severe injury.’

The judge gave him a 12 month sentence suspended for two years, with two years of supervision from the probation service.