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Man punched father repeatedly after drinking session

A man who punched his father several times while drunk last Saturday has been told he has narrowly avoided a prison sentence.
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Peterborough Magistrates' Court

Appearing before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court in custody on Monday, Tom Rice pleaded guilty to the assault and also later assaulting a police officer.

The court was told that the night-time assault on his father happened after Rice had been asked to be quieter after unexpectedly entering his father’s home following a drinking session.

Police were called to the disturbance and the defendant grabbed an officer’s arm.

“His grip was getting tighter. Therefore, the office had to deploy his PAVA [spray],” said prosecutor Qamar Iqbal.

Rice’s father, who had been in bed and had to be up early for work the following morning, said the attack came “out of the blue”. He changed the locks to the property immediately following his son’s arrest.

Jeff Lewis, mitigating, said his client suffered from anxiety and his mood was “very low”. He was, said Mr Lewis, a man who had reached “rock bottom” over the last couple of days.

District Judge Ken Sheraton told Rice, of Richmond Close in Huntingdon: “It’s a borderline case of you being sent to prison.”

He imposed an 18-month community order with requirements of 20 rehabilitation activity days and 60 days of alcohol abstinence monitoring.

Rice was given a six-month restraining order, preventing him making contact with his father or going to Richmond Close.

He was ordered to pay £85 costs and £95 victim surcharge.