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Man sentenced for assault onboard ferry

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A MAN head-butted a friend on board a Condor ferry following a day of drinking in St Malo, the Magistrate’s Court heard.

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Leigh Robert Cornish (32), of St Helier, launched the attack, causing his victim’s two front teeth to become dislodged, after an argument. Cornish admitted a charge of grave and criminal assault and was sentenced to 100 hours’ community service by Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris.

Advocate Chris Baglin, prosecuting, said the defendant and a group of friends had been to St Malo and travelled back on the evening ferry.

There had been some difficulties between Cornish and the complainant, the court heard.

They had exchanged words and Cornish began to walk off towards the boat’s upper seating area when the victim called him ‘pathetic’.

Cornish turned around, approached the man and head-butted him.

The victim needed £1,300 of dental work to fix his two front teeth.

He spoke to the States police, but the following day tried to retract his statement.

Advocate James Bell, defending, said he believed a community-service order would be the correct punishment for his client.

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He said: ‘Mr Cornish is genuinely remorseful and he regrets his actions and it was a heat-of-the-moment thing.

‘It was out of character and an isolated incident.’

The lawyer also said his client did not understand why he was charged in May, more than five months after the incident had taken place in December.

Advocate Bell added that his client had no previous convictions, was considered at low risk of reoffending and wanted to assure the court it would never happen again.

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