Sunday, 22 October 2017

Suspended sentence for man who attacked referee

A MAN who assaulted a referee at the end of a Sunday League football match was today ordered to pay £1,080 to his victim.

A MAN who assaulted a referee at the end of a Sunday League football match was today ordered to pay £1,080 to his victim.

Derrick Cowley punched 69-year-old Barrie Angell in the mouth at the match between New England and SC United Reserves in Gallowstree Common in November.

Mr Angell, from Caversham, required seven stitches in a cut lip after the attack. He also suffered a broken tooth and cracked tooth.

Cowley, 21, of Basingstoke Road, Reading, was also given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service when he appeared at Oxford Magistrates? Court. He had previously admitted assault.

The court heard how the New England goalkeeper, a former semi-professional footballer, went off injured after being fouled during the match at Bishopswood Recreation Ground but felt Mr Angell failed to punish the other player.

At the end of the match Cowley approached the referee as he was collecting flags from a linesman and punched him once in the mouth.

Mr Angell said he had thought Cowley was going to shake his hand.

Chief magistrate Jane Carlton Smith said the attack was pre-meditated and ?vicious? .

For the full story, pick up a copy of next week?s Henley Standard.

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