Man, 62, avoids prison term

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A man who knocked over a mobility scooter rider and inflicted a broken shoulder has been given a suspended prison term.

Joaquim Cardoso, 62, of St Mary’s Square, Newmarket, who was also ordered to pay £2,400 towards prosecution costs, had denied assault causing grievous bodily harm but was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court following a three-day trial.

Judge John Devaux told him that his behaviour had been unacceptable and crossed the custody threshold. However, after reading a pre sentence report prepared by the Probation Service, he said he was prepared to suspended the 15 month sentence for two years.

Witnesses had told how they had seen Cardoso run across Market Hill in Brandon to assault victim 73-year-old Peter Shea, who had since died from unrelated causes, in September last year. He knocked him to the ground and then began hitting him. The assault followed an earlier incident in a pub when Cardoso had been involved in the theft of a wallet at The Flintknappers pub in Brandon.

Cardoso claimed that Mr Shea had swung a punch at him and he had struck out only in lawful self defence.