Cop attack thug spared jail

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A MAN has been given a year-long community sentence after being found guilty of assaulting two off-duty police officers.

Jordan Winstanley had denied the charges, but was convicted after an earlier trial at Wigan Magistrates’ Court and the sentencing had been adjourned for a social inquiry report to be compiled.

Mrs Katy Beattie, prosecuting, said the bench heard that the 18-year-old had beaten Steven Hoskisson and his wife Alison Hoskisson - who had attempted to pull Winstanley off her husband - after their car had been stoned by another man while driving through Leigh.

The GMP couple had stopped the car to challenge them about their behaviour.

He was put under a 12-month-long supervision order which will run alongside a year long active skills programme.

Winstanley was also put under a curfew for 12 weeks and must make a £100 compensation payment to both Mr and Mrs Hoskisson while making a £50 contribution to the costs of prosecution.

Bob Toppin, defending, said that justice wouldn’t be served by a custodial sentence.

And because the injuries suffered by Mr and Mrs Hoskisson were in his opinion not serious enough to qualify for compensation under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, a community sentence would at least allow Winstanley, of South Avenue, Leigh, to make some level of financial compensation to the couple.

He added: “Mr Winstanley is under no misapprehension that if he offends again his destination is absolutely inevitable.

“This is ultimately his last chance and he knows it.”

Winstanley was also ordered to make a £50 contribution to the CPS’s costs for his prosecution.