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Attacker of teens spared prison

PUBLISHED: 02:08 06 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK man with a history of committing violent offences who attached two teenagers has been spared jail - and given a chance to curb his temper.

Robert Barker, 44, of The Vinefields, Bury St Edmunds, was expecting to be jailed following sentence at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

A SUFFOLK man with a history of committing violent offences who attached two teenagers has been spared jail - and given a chance to curb his temper.

Robert Barker, 44, of The Vinefields, Bury St Edmunds, was expecting to be jailed following sentence at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday.

However, Judge John Holt said: "You know that violent behaviour merits being sent to prison because you have been sent to prison on several occasions, but I am not going to do that today, because I think the public would be better protected if you remain in your employment. I'm giving you a chance."

The court heard that Barker attacked two boys aged 15 and 17.

He punched the older boy on the nose, causing him severe discomfort and bruising. He pleaded guilty to causing him actual bodily harm.

Judge Holt put Barker on probation for two years and ordered him to take part in an anger management course.

He also told him to carry out 100 hours community service and pay £250 towards court costs.

Barker was warned that if he breached the order he would go to prison.

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