Plymouth teenager hit woman in the face
A JUDGE told a teen who hit a woman in the face he should be "thoroughly ashamed" of his actions.
Liam Wilsher aged 18, of Dingle Road, North Prospect, appeared before Plymouth Crown Court to be sentenced for an incident in Union Street at around 6.30am on September 30 last year.
Wilsher claimed he could not remember anything of the incident, admitted he had been out drinking when he confronted a number of Fijian men outside a bar.
The court heard he began to make a number of racially motivated comments before taking a swing at one of the men. However, he missed his target, instead striking a young woman in the face, causing her injuries which needed hospital treatment.
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Having been presented with CCTV footage showing him throwing the punch, Wilsher pleaded guilty.
His defence barrister, in mitigation, said his client was "genuinely ashamed", "remorseful" and "truly mortified" at what he did and had written a letter of apology to the victim.
As a result, the young man had abstained from alcohol since the incident took place and was hoping to take up an apprenticeship as a plasterer.
The judge, Recorder Alastair Trevaskis, told Wilsher his behaviour was "utterly beyond the pale" and his violent behaviour had resulted in an "innocent bystander" being hurt.
He said the assault left him "teetering on the edge of a custodial sentence", before sentencing him to a 12 month community order, 100 hours unpaid work and a two month curfew every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 8pm to 6am. He was fined £100 for a racially aggravated public order offence and ordered to pay £250 compensation to the victim.