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Jail for alcoholic who attacked man on way home from night out
8:00am Wednesday 19th September 2012 in News
THE friend of a woman begging for money in the town centre attacked a man after he refused and called the group ‘smackheads’.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday how alcoholic Adrian Skrivanos, aged 43, was in Bridge Street with a group of people on April 28 this year.
Prosecuting, Paulinus Barnes described how victim Gary Chadwick was on his way home to Orford after a night out when the woman asked him for money.
There was a confrontation before Skrivanos, of Longford Street, Orford punched him in the side of the head.
CCTV played in court showed further punched thrown, leaving Mr Chadwick unconscious on the pavement.
He was later treated for cuts to his eyebrow, bridge of his nose and bruising to his ribs.
The incident meant Skrivanos breached a suspended sentence passed on 14 September last year after he stole £7,500 from a cafe’s safe.
Defending, Michael Davies said the group had been provoked when the begger was called a smackhead.
He added that Mr Chadwick had shoved Skrivanos, who has previous convictions for violence.
The defendant, who pleaded guilty to common assault, was jailed for 10 weeks by Judge David Hale.
He will also serve 16 weeks consecutively for the breach of a suspended sentence, meaning a total of 26 weeks.