Newton Abbot man sentenced for attack on couple
A couple were beaten up on their way home from an awards ceremony by a night club drunk who took exception to their smart clothes.
Daniel Westaway, aged 25, argued with the pair before knocking the woman unconscious. CCTV camera captured her falling to the ground in her full length evening gown. Her partner intervened but he was punched and kicked by Westaway, who was easily recognisable from the security camera footage because he was wearing a body warmer while his victim was in his best suit.
Westaway, of Blenheim Close, Newton Abbot, admitted two offences of causing actual bodily harm and was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £750 compensation and £430 costs at Exeter Crown Court.
Mr David Bowen, prosecuting, said victims Carla Hunt and Ian Chalk had been to a business awards ceremony in Exeter and moved on to Torquay where they encountered Westaway, who had just left a harbourside club.
They chatted amicably for a while but he started making comments about their smart dress and when an argument started he headbutted Miss Hunt before punching and kicking Mr Chalk.
She was knocked unconscious and woke up on a stretcher on the way to hospital. He suffered a cut lip and bruising to his face and ribs.
Mr Barry White, defending, said Westaway had never been in trouble before and acted out of character. He has written to the victims to apologise and is able to pay compensation. He accepts what he did was unjustifiable and the probation pre-sentence report confirms he has no anti-social attitudes.