A man who punched a street drinker in the head and stole his cans of cider has been given a suspended sentence after a judge saw that he had made an effort to turn his life around.
Christopher Telford attacked a 68 year old man late at night in Victoria Street, St Albans last April as he sat outside the Iceland store with six cans of cider.
Then in June of last year he assaulted a woman he had been in an “on off” relationship with.
A month later he was seen in Victoria Park in Verulamium Road, St Albans to assault a man he had been drinking with.
However, when 38 year old Telford of Lemsford Close in St Albans appeared at St Albans crown court to be sentenced for the offences, Judge Andrew Bright QC was told the former drinker had managed to turn his life around.
He had been receiving help and support from a local church in the city.
As a result he was no longer drinking, said Andel Singh defending and was no longer taking “illicit drugs.”
He was in court to be sentenced for assault with intent to rob and two offences of assault.
Judge Bright told Telford his attack on the 68 year old was “disgraceful, shocking and very frightening” and had been motivated by alcohol.
But the judge went on to say: “I am impressed by the progress you have made.”
He was given an 18 month prison sentence, which was suspended for two years.