Mugging victim attacked wrong target

A MUGGING victim who attacked a man in a case of mistaken identity has been ordered to pay compensation.

A MUGGING victim who attacked a man in a case of mistaken identity has been ordered to pay compensation.

Ashley Mann, of Buddleia Close, Ipswich, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court where he pleaded guilty to assault by beating and criminal damage to a glass door.

The court heard the 21-year-old told police in interview he had been mugged by two Asian men on the evening of February 22.

Prosecutor Sandra Dyer said: “He (Mann) believed they were at the address he went to in Grove Lane. Mr Khan, his wife and children were at their home in Grove Lane. Mr Khan was in bed when he heard a knock on the door. He got out of bed.”

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The court heard Mann attacked Mr Khan when he opened the door. The glass in the door was smashed during the fracas.

Miss Dyer added: “This was a frightening experience for Mr Khan and his family. He was shouting “Ali” “Ali” “Ali”, Mr Khan shouted back “Leave me alone”. Mr Khan dodged three to four punches.”

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The court heard the family were able to push Mann out of the house before calling police.

Miss Dyer added: “He (Mann) was cooperative with police. He realised he made a mistake.”

Unrepresented in court Mann said the incident took place in a fit of anger.

He added: “I was mugged by a couple of Asian lads. I was drunk at the time and I thought I saw them run into that house. The complainants are friend of my family. I've spoken to them and arranged to pay for the damage.”

Magistrates ordered Mann to pay £70 compensation to the family for the smashed glass door and pay a further £200 compensation to Mr Khan.

He was also made the subject of a community order with a provision for 100 hours unpaid work and a six months supervision requirement.

He was also ordered to pay £55 costs.

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