Woman spared jail for attack on cabbie

In court: The defendant was caught on CCTV at the time
In court: The defendant was caught on CCTV at the time
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A woman who was wanted for 15 months after a nasty attack on a cabbie has been given a suspended jail term.

Gemma Watson, 30, of Devonport Way, Chorley, admitted wounding in a hearing at Preston Crown Court.

In court: The defendant was caught on CCTV at the time

In court: The defendant was caught on CCTV at the time

Christopher Kavanagh, a 45-year-old taxi driver, was attacked outside the Fox and Lion Pub on Towngate, Leyland by a man and woman after he had been out for the evening.

The assault happened at around 11.20pm on March 26, 2014. He lost two teeth and suffered a broken arm and broken cheekbone, and was unable to work for weeks.

Judge Recorder Berkson imposed a four-month sentence suspended for 12 months with 50 hours unpaid work and a curfew.

He said: “Mindless violence in public is always serious and should always result in a custodial sentence.

Mindless violence in public is always serious and should always result in a custodial sentence

“The issue I have to grapple with is whether that should be immediate or not.”

Prosecuting, Paul Brookwell said: “Mr Kavanagh had been there from 6pm until around 10pm and had had six pints.

“He left the venue to go to the nearby Tesco and as he walked back past the pub he passed the defendants.

“It would seem he and the defendant Cocklin had been asked to leave the premises.”

The court heard the attack happened outside the pub and the victim had to go to hospital. Watson inflicted a single punch.

Watson’s co-defendant Matthew Cocklin, 31, pleaded guilty to section 20 wounding with intent and was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, at Preston Crown Court on June 1.