Sentenced over punch

A 31-year-old man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting punching a man in a Spilsby street and knocking him out.

Anthony Albert Holmes of Gosberton Road, Boston, admitted using threatening behaviour on October 5 last year.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said the incident had been captured on CCTV.

He said the injured party, a Mr Jonathon Boneham, was seen walking along Boston Road in Spilsby at 3.30pm when Holmes was seen to come up behind him, grab him around the neck and then punch him once to the face, knocking him to the ground, where he stayed unconscious for several minutes.

Mr Todd said that Holmes had not been charged with assault because Mr Boneham refused to make a complaint.

He said Holmes had originally denied the offence but had admitted it shortly before a trial had been due to take place.

He said Holmes had been made the subject of a community order with an alcohol treatment order for a similar offence in June.

Mitigating for Holmes, Andrea Wilkes said it had not been pre-planned and there had been some provocation.

She said an argument had developed in a pub between the two which resulted in this incident, which was just a single punch.

She said Holmes was unfit to work because of anxiety, depression and alcoholism.

She said he drank around 15 cans of beer a day and had undergone alcohol treatment but had not been in any trouble since this incident in October.

The magistrates told Holmes he had reached the end of the road.

“You’ve had every opportunity there is and this is your last chance,” he was told.

Holmes was sentenced to 16 weeks custody suspended for a year, ordered to take alcohol treatment, and must pay £250 court costs.