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No jail for Chippenham man who knocked out woman
2:00pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
A drunken man who knocked a woman out in an unprovoked attack a week after being put on a suspended sentence has walked free from court.
Matthew Devine, of Parkfields, Chippenham, had again been out drinking heavily when he punched Chantelle Parkinson so hard she lost consciousness.
But a judge ruled it would be wrong to activate the jail term because the 43-year-old had not had time to get the help offered on the suspended sentence.
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court Miss Parkinson had gone out drinking with friends in Chippenham on Saturday, August 3.
Early next morning, she and her boyfriend had an argument in the street and were both shouting.
Devine, who neither of them knew, approached and said something. She told him to go away and gently pushed him to the chest.
He then punched her with “some considerable force” and she remembered nothing until she awoke in hospital.
Devine admitted common assault, which put him in breach of a nine month suspended sentence.
That had been imposed ten days before after he launched an attack on an innocent man when he drunkenly believed terrorists were holding a woman in a flat near the Chippenham train station.
The suspended sentence will start again, increased to 11 months. Devine must observe a night-time curfew for six months and pay £500 compensation.