Man jailed for stone throw assault - Luton

10/01/2014

When Sean Ankers was being chased by some angry youths, he picked up a large stone and hurled it at them. But the missile missed its target and struck an innocent girl standing near by, a court has heard.

The stone caused significant injury, which included a fractured cheek bone, fractured nose, three damaged teeth, and nine stitches to a wound, which has left a scar. The injury was caused to Donna Barbi on 16 October 2011.

His solicitor said Ankers had turned his life around since then, and given up alcohol, and urged the Judge to suspend a jail term.  But Judge David Farrell QC said immediate custody was inevitable.

Ankers, of Glen Eagles Drive, Luton pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm and he was jailed for 15 months at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 10 January 2014.

Prosecutor, Andrew Copeland said the innocent victim had left Chicago's night club in Luton with her sister to go to a cash point. Ankers was with some friends and they made suggestive remarks to another group of girls. Some male friends of the girls intervened.

"The defendant was the more vocal of his group, and threw a can of lager at the group of girls which missed and hit a window. Then he ran off, and was being chased. He stopped to pick up a stone the size of a fist and threw it, but it missed the intended victim and struck Miss Barbi in the face," said Mr. Copeland.

Ankers was tracked by CCTV the same night and when questioned claimed he reacted in self defence. He was not charged until the following June. Ankers had eventually pleaded guilty in November last year on the basis that his actions had been reckless.

His lawyer, Stephen Halloran said: "He accepts the way he acted was entirely unreasonable, but his life has changed considerably since then. He no longer touches alcohol, has been working and has had a second child.  A suspended sentence would enable him to continue with the positive changes he has made."

But Judge Farrell said: "The young lady who was the victim was unfortunately in the wrong place at the wrong time, when you acted in a wholly unreasonable way.  The injuries have caused significant problems for her for over a year. I am urged to suspend the sentence, but I cannot."

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