A builder who kicked another man unconscious in a Watford street was given a suspended sentence today (Wednedsay, June 22) .
Ioan Stavarache, aged 41, was involved in a confrontation with the victim inside a newsagents in Market Street just before 1am.
Outside in the street Stavarache knocked the man, who he knew, to the ground where he kicked him twice, St Albans crown court was told.
Prosecutor David Gibson-Lee said: “It was a 45 second assault. The victim was unconscious and had a cut lip, but he declined medical treatment.”
Stavarache, of Market Street, Watford appeared for sentence having been convicted of causing actual bodily to the victim on the night of September, 2 2020.
Defending, Michael Stradling said it was not clear who had been the aggressor inside the store. He went on: “Something occurred in the shop. There was an impulsive, spontaneous and short-lived assault outside.”
He said Stavarache lives with his partner and has no convictions in the UK or Romanian.
He works as a self-employed builder and employs five people. The judge was handed character references.
Judge Richard Foster told him: “It was an ugly incident. To kick a man who is down on the ground is horrid. It stopped being lawful self-defence when you kicked him.”
But the judge said people had spoken of Stavarache’s positive qualities describing him as an upright citizen who runs his business and pays his taxes.
He passed a nine month sentence suspended for 18 months. He must complete 100 hours’ unpaid work and pay the victim £1,000 compensation.