Man guilty of assault after burglary row

PUBLISHED: 10:57 18 October 2007 | UPDATED: 12:57 04 May 2010

A TEENAGER was grabbed by the collar and slammed into a wall by a man who believed he had burgled his partner s flat. Michael Parker suffered a gash to his face and was left with a one-and-a-half inch scar, Ely Magistrates heard on Thursday. His attacker,

A TEENAGER was grabbed by the collar and slammed into a wall by a man who believed he had burgled his partner's flat.

Michael Parker suffered a gash to his face and was left with a one-and-a-half inch scar, Ely Magistrates heard on Thursday.

His attacker, Robert Seymour, 34, accused Mr Parker of the burglary on June 8 when he went to visit the home of a friend of his father in Lode Road, Bottisham.

When Mr Parker said he knew nothing of the burglary, Seymour assaulted him, the court heard.

Seymour, of Merlin Drive, Ely, had denied assaulting Mr Parker by beating but was found guilty at an earlier court hearing last month.

On Thursday, his solicitor, Robert Milsom, told the court that the attack was "honestly motivated by legitimate circumstances".

He told the court Seymour was in a stable relationship with his partner but they were unable to live together because of problems with his accommodation.

"He lost his home when he was in prison for a time in 2003 and since then he has been trying to get a foot on the first rung of the housing ladder," he said.

"My client does present as somewhat impulsive on occasions."

Seymour was given an 18-month supervision order and ordered to attend the Think First programme. He was ordered to pay £150 costs and £250 compensation to his victim.

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