Teenager jailed for ‘unprovoked’ attack

The 19-year-old was sentenced to 28 weeks in prison at North Devon Magistrates’ Court.

A YOUNG man who unleashed a ‘flurry of punches’ in an unprovoked attack has been jailed for 28 weeks.

Jordan Hawkins, of Barnstaple, appeared before North Devon Magistrates charged with the assault that took place on June 13.

The 19-year-old pleaded guilty to the attack on 22-year-old Gavin Edden, who had been walking his dog through Barnstaple.

Mr Edden walked past Hawkins and his two friends with his earphones in when he suddenly felt a blow to the back of his head.

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He fell to the ground where he was punched twice more to his head in what prosecutor Ann Hampshire described as ‘a flurry of punches’.

Mr Edden then felt a blow to the back of his right shoulder which an eyewitness said was due to Hawkins stamping on the victim, before walking away with his friends.

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The unprovoked attack happened just two months after the defendant was given a 12-week suspended prison sentence for his involvement in a burglary at the Highbullen Hotel on March 16.

Tim Hook, defending, said Hawkins had been attacked himself when he was just 16, causing him to suffer grievous bodily harm and have part of his skull removed in hospital.

He said since the attack the defendant had turned to alcohol and had fallen in with the wrong crowd.

His sister Samina Hawkins took to the stand, telling magistrates he was trying to turn his life around and had been offered a place in college in September.

Magistrates sentenced Hawkins to 18 weeks in prison for the attack, and a further 10 weeks to run concurrently for breaching his suspended sentence.

As he was taken down, Hawkins requested to give his mother, who was sat in the court, a kiss and shouted ‘I love you mum’.

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