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Man attacked over £40 sandwich bill
A CATERING business owner who carried out a “serious and prolonged” attack on a customer over a £40 bill for sandwiches has been spared a jail sentence.
Winchester Crown Court was told that Kaivan Phillip Storr, 42, attacked the man in Netherhampton Road, Harnham, on April 21.
The victim had an account with Storr’s Salisbury-based company Gap Catering, but when he lost his job he failed to pay the £40 he owed for sandwiches.
Storr confronted the victim when he saw him outside the One Stop shop and demanded the money he was owed.
Simon Edwards, prosecuting, said: “The incident escalated, with the defendant taking hold of the victim, throwing him to the floor, punching him to the face, dragging him around the car park and searching him.”
The court was shown CCTV footage of the attack, which was carried out in front of Storr’s 11-year-old son.
Storr then stole the victim’s mobile phone before leaving the scene. The victim was left with a fractured jaw and needed surgery to have plates fitted.
Audrey Archer, defending, said the incident was “completely out of character” for Storr. “My client is before the court terrified by the prospect that he may be going to prison,” she said. “He is a family man and this unpleasant incident was wholly out of character for him.”
She said Storr was “deeply embarrassed and ashamed of his behaviour that evening” and that he “lost it” because his business wasn’t doing well and he needed the money.
She added that if he was sent to prison immediately his company, which employs eight people, would be forced to close. Sentencing Storr for GBH and theft, Judge Guy Boney said: “It is perfectly clear that this was a serious and prolonged attack in public, carried out in front of your 11-year-old son, on an unarmed and defenceless man. “You left him with a serious injury in the form of a fractured jaw for which surgery and implants were necessary. The CCTV, which is very clear, reveals the attack in all its horror.”
Storr, of Hillyfields, Southampton, was given a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 12 months supervision. He was also ordered to complete a Keeping Calm programme and to pay the victim £1,200 in compensation. “I take this exceptional course because of your hitherto good character and to my mind disproportionate adverse circumstances for you if you were to be sent to prison,” said Judge Boney.
“You should regard yourself as a very lucky man.”
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