A man who attacked a Watford shopkeeper twice received an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years yesterday (Wednesday, May 19),
Anthony Frederick, now aged 39 of Fulham, London appeared for sentence having pleaded guilty to two charges of actual bodily harm, two of common assault, one of criminal damage and one of theft.
St Albans Crown Court heard how Frederick attacked the Watford shopkeeper on May 13, 2019, on Eastbury Road because he had formed a friendship with his ex-girlfriend.
CCTV showed Frederick launched a sustained assault on the man in the shop. He punched a customer and told him to leave before going behind the counter telling the man: “I will kill you, brother.”
Prosecutor Jollyon Robertson said he hit the victim’s face and head with a bottle of spirits. The victim, who put up no resistance, suffered swelling and cuts to his face, which needed stitches and chipped his tooth.
On the same day, May 13, Frederick also slapped his ex-girlfriend in the face and smashed her phone.
Three days earlier, on May 10 2019, he attacked the same man, punching him to the side of his head and knocking him off his bike. In a victim personal statement, the man said he was left with a scar on his eyebrow and two under the eyes.
Darryl Cherrett, defending, said he could not excuse the offences, but said there was “significant mitigation.” Reports prepared for the court showed Frederick suffered “significant depression and suffers from some sort of personality disorder.”
Judge Richard Foster said “The CCTV from the attack is quite horrific. It shows a horrific, sustained and nasty attack with a weapon on a helpless victim, all because of jealousy relating to a previous partner.”
The judge passed an 18-month jail sentence suspended for two years because of the time Frederick had spent on remand in custody and on a curfew. He must abide by an 8pm to 6am curfew for 6 months, attend 30 sessions on a building better relationships programme and 20 days’ rehabilitation.
The judge told him: “You are very lucky to be going out of the front door.”