Thug who attacked father opposite Derby station spared immediate jail

A Derby man who attacked a father outside Bubbles Spa in broad daylight has been spared immediate custody. A judge told Michael Hall ‘he should know better at the age of 58’ than to behave as he did when he followed Troy Jones off a bus and hit him with it. a weapon.

He said he “had doubts” that the defendant’s remorse, expressed to the probation service in an interview, was genuine. And in a victim impact statement, Mr Jones said he ‘cannot relax in case I am attacked again’ and that his then heavily pregnant wife was ‘traumatized’ after seeing his wounds.

Sentencing the Alvaston forward to a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, recorder David Richards said: “(He is) a man who has acted in a remarkably violent manner, at the unexpectedly, without any provocation.

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“What I assume happened on that bus was that for no good reason you took on Mr Jones. Perhaps you thought he was disrespecting you by sitting down too close.

“You got off the bus and followed him, he was on the phone with his wife and you punched him three times. There was a gun in your hand that had a sharp blade tip.

“Mr Jones fought back as he had every right to and ended up with three cuts to his neck. In your pre-sentence report you express remorse, but I doubt that remorse is sincere.”

After a two-day trial in early February, a jury took just 40 minutes to convict Hall of assault causing actual bodily harm. They were told how the defendant nudged Troy Jones on a bus after the victim stood up to let an older man sit down.

When Mr Jones got off the bus, the accused crossed the road after him, offered to fight him and punched him in the face. A scuffle between the pair then spilled onto the road before Mr Jones’ wife arrived to collect him.

Hall, of Slindon Croft, claimed Mr Jones racially assaulted him. But the jury instead chose to believe the victim’s version of events.

Sarah Allen, prosecutor at Derby Crown Court, said the incident happened on the morning of December 19, 2019.

Giving evidence, the victim said he finished his work around 11am, in Alvaston, and took the bus back to the station where his wife was picking him up and they were then going to visit their son’s nursery .

He said he sat down next to the accused, then stood up to offer his seat to an elderly man.

Mr Jones said: “The elderly gentleman refused, so I sat down and he (Hall) told me not to touch him and nudged me. I was quite far from the confrontation , I was trying to keep my composure, I had been nudged the bus for no reason.”

Mr Jones said the driver allowed him to get off the bus near the station before crossing the road and standing outside Bubbles Spa and calling his wife. He said as he did so, Hall walked down the sidewalk toward him.

Mr Jones said: “He said ‘do you want to fight me? and I said ‘I’m not interested, I’m on the phone, go away’. I turned around and he punched me in the face.

Miss Allen said he was to be treated at the Royal Derby Hospital for cuts to his neck caused by an unknown weapon while Hall was asked to attend a voluntary police interview and told officers that Mr Jones had ” ran up to him” and racially assaulted him. Hall chose not to testify in his defense.

Mitigating Chris Hallas said: “Mr Hall’s perception of what happened defies reality, but he admits it was horrific. He acknowledges in the (face-to-face) report regret, remorse and conscience of the victim and he recognizes that what happened was not pleasant for anyone.He tells me that lessons have been learned.

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James H. Wright