This article was published on April 3, 2013 and information contained within may now be out of date.
A 31-year-old Boston man has been given a suspended prison sentence after admitting punching a man in a Spilsby street and knocking him unconscious.
Anthony Albert Holmes of Gosberton Road, admitted using threatening behaviour on October 5 last year.
Nick Todd, prosecuting, said the incident had been captured on CCTV images.
He said the injured party, Jonathon Boneham, was seen walking along Boston Road in Spilsby at 3.30pm when Holmes was seen to come up behind him, grab him around the neck and then give him a single punch to the face, knocking him to the ground, where he stayed unconscious for several minutes.
Mr Todd said that Holmes had not been charged with assault because Mr Boneham had refused to make any complaint.
He said Holmes had originally denied the offence but had admitted it shortly before the trial had been due to take place.
He said Holmes had been made the subject of a community order with an alcohol treatment order for a similar offence and assault in June 2012.
Mitigating for Holmes, Andrea Wilkes said it had not been a pre-planned incident and there had been some provocation.
She said an argument had developed in a pub between the two which resulted in this incident, which was just a single punch.
She said Holmes was unfit to work because of anxiety, depression and alcoholism.
She said he drank around 15 cans of beer a day and had undergone alcohol treatment already but had not been in any trouble since this incident last October.
The magistrates told Holmes he had reached the end of the road.
He was told: “You’ve had every opportunity there is and this is your last chance.”
Holmes was sentenced to 16 weeks custody suspended for a year and ordered to take alcohol treatment.
He was also ordered to pay £250 in court costs.