An 'arrogant' thug who assaulted a blind man and harassed his blind girlfriend in a 'frightening encounter' outside Preston train station has been jailed for eight weeks

An 'arrogant' thug who assaulted a blind man and harassed his blind girlfriend in a 'frightening encounter' has been jailed for eight weeks.
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Jake Boothman, 29, attacked the couple as they were waiting for a taxi outside Preston train station at around 1.15am on Tuesday, December 13. Preston Magistrates' Court heard how Boothman, of Lovat Road, Preston, made lewd comments towards his victim's partner. The blind man repeatedly asked Boothman to leave them alone, pointing out that he was blind and had a white stick and was feeling uncomfortable by his approaches.

But Boothman became abusive and made several attempts to get closer to the victim's partner. The man managed to block Boothman and at one point reached out to push him away, when Boothman responded by pushing him and knocking his glasses from his face. He pleaded guilty to assault and two counts of threatening behaviour and was jailed by Preston Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 21 December.

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Jake Boothman, aged 29, of Lovat Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to assault and two counts of threatening behaviour and was jailed by Preston Magistrates' on Wednesday, 21 December.Jake Boothman, aged 29, of Lovat Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to assault and two counts of threatening behaviour and was jailed by Preston Magistrates' on Wednesday, 21 December.
Jake Boothman, aged 29, of Lovat Road, Preston, pleaded guilty to assault and two counts of threatening behaviour and was jailed by Preston Magistrates' on Wednesday, 21 December.
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Speaking after the sentencing, PC Andy Webb from British Transport Police branded Boothman as “arrogant” and said the thug “should be deeply ashamed of his behaviour”. He added: "This was a truly frightening encounter for the victim and his partner made all the worse by the fact they were targeted because of their disability. Boothman's arrogance in refusing to leave the couple alone as they asked, demonstrates his wilful intent to upset their evening and attempt to intimidate them. Boothman should be deeply ashamed of his behaviour - hopefully his sentence will give him the opportunity to reflect on his actions."