Waterlooville amateur boxer Tom Johnson admits attacks on teenage girls

Thomas Johnson
Thomas Johnson
  • Amateur boxer pushed 17-year-old girl in the face
  • He rowed with her after ‘threats’ were made to his family
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TEENAGE boxer Tom Johnson has been given a restraining order after assaulting two teenage girls.

The 18-year-old assaulted one girl, 17, on two separate occasions in June, injuring her face, ear and eye.

This has had quite a dramatic effect on [the victim] and that’s something you need to think about

Chairman of the magistrates Nicholas Mansfield

Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard how the girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says the attack had affected her life.

Reading her victim personal statement, prosecutor Giles Fletcher said: ‘She has become very wary of the defendant and feels like she has to watch her back when she goes outside.

‘She said his behaviour towards her has had a negative impact on aspects of her life.

‘She doesn’t feel like she’s living the life a normal 17-year-old should.’

He added: ‘She said she doesn’t go out with her friend as much any more.

‘She’s upset that she’s had to stop doing simple things that she used to enjoy.’

The court heard Johnson had gone to the teenager’s place of work and laid in wait before assaulting.

He assaulted her again after a ‘chance meeting’ in the street in Waterlooville where the two argued, defence lawyer Hannah Jones said.

Ms Jones added that Johnson had not punched the girl but had pushed her twice in the face with an open palm.

She said Johnson had received threats to his family.

She said: ‘He does accept what he did on those two occasions was not appropriate behaviour. It’s described as somewhat compulsive as to the threats he received to his 
family and not being able to respond properly.’

Johnson pleaded guilty to three charges of assault by beating at the day of his trial.

Two relate to the girl and the other charge relates to another girl he assaulted. Chairman of the bench Nicholas Mansfield said: ‘This has had quite a dramatic effect on the victim and that’s something you need to think about.

‘We take these matters very seriously. This is your first time in court and hopefully the last time.’

Mr Mansfield imposed a community order with 120 hours of unpaid 
work. Johnson, of Woodsedge, Waterlooville, must pay a £60 victim surcharge, £150 criminal courts charge, £150 prosecution costs and £75 compensation.

Mr Mansfield imposed a restraining order banning Johnson from contacting the 
teenage victim for 12 months.

Johnson has previously boxed at the Heart of Portsmouth boxing group.