Wigan man punched sobbing girl in the face

A Wigan man who punched a sobbing woman in the face and then cracked another stranger's cheekbone in an unprovoked attack has walked free from court.

Friday, 28th December 2018, 10:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 10:00 pm
Bolton Crown Court

Carl Robinson, of Shakespeare Grove in Worsley Mesnes, has been handed a suspended prison sentence after carrying out two violent assaults in Wigan town centre.

Other news: Rise in diabetes is proving very costly in WiganThe 21-year-old was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court after pleading guilty to charges of actual bodily harm, assault and carrying weapons.

During the sentencing, the Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh, heard how Robinson carried out the frenzied attack on the two in the early hours of Saturday, June 16.

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A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “The defendant approached a woman outside Joe’s Bar in Wigan as she was upset, she told him to go away and he punched her in the face.

“A man intervened and the defendant punched him to the floor and kicked him to the head and ribs.

“He received a broken cheekbone and required surgery, he now has a scar under his eye, near his ear and on the right side of his face.”

When Robinson was booked into custody, he had a lock knife in his pocket and an extendable baton in another pocket, for which he received two charges of having a bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon.

Robinson initially appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court in October facing an extra charge of assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty.

However, the charge was not brought forward for sentencing. Robinson was also facing charges for having a “folding pocket knife which had a blade for cutting”.

At Bolton Crown Court, Robinson was given an 18-month-jail sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work and will have to pay a victim surcharge of £140.