A Somerset man has been sentenced to 2 years in prison, suspended for 2 years, after he tried to strangle his friend on the bed of a caravan in Newport last year.
Oliver James Maxwell Franks, 44, of Labourham Drove in Cheddar, appeared at Isle of Wight Magistrates’ Court in March and pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm.
The court heard that in the early hours of May 29, 2021, Franks seriously assaulted Julian Scott in a trailer on Beech Road in Barton – an incident previously reported by Echo of the Island. The assault was so severe that it left Mr Scott with a broken nose and swollen eye, as well as extensive bruising to his face and neck.
The Crown Prosecution Service said the accused and victim did not know each other very well but had been out drinking together in Cowes. By 7:00 p.m. they had arrived in Newport and had a few drinks at Crispin, before moving on to The Man in the Moon pub. It was here that they stayed until about 12:45 a.m. before buying bottles of cider and leaving the establishment, heading for Scott’s trailer on the nearby Pan Estate.
Within 30 minutes of the duo arriving at the trailer, Franks began to act “strangely” and made Mr. Scott uncomfortable. When Franks was asked to leave, he turned on Mr. Scott and punched him in the face repeatedly. Franks pinned his acquaintance to the bed and attempted to strangle him, Mr. Scott only being able to escape when he poked Franks in the eye.
Defending, Christopher Gaiger said his client was suffering from a psychotic episode at the time and because of this he believed Mr Scott had made inappropriate comments about a member of his family.
With magistrates deciding the matter was too serious for them to deal with, the case came to the Isle of Wight Crown Court on Wednesday April 27, where Recorder Gibney sentenced Oliver Franks to a 2 years in prison, suspended for 2 years. with 25 days of rehabilitation and 100 hours of unpaid work included.
Franks was also ordered to pay £3,000 in compensation.
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