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Rehabilitation order on 'threatening' man

Thursday, 21st June 2001.

A HAVERHILL man has walked free after admitting his threatening role in an assault.

Sean Hearne, 21, of Argyll Court, appeared for sentence at Ipswich Crown Court.

He had admitted a charge of theatening behaviour at an earlier hearing.

Sentencing had been postponed for a report from the Probation Service.

Judge John Devaux, having read the report and heard from defence barrister Caroline Bryant, made Hearne the subject of a 15-month community rehabilitation order.

These orders have recently replaced probation orders as a form of non-custodial sentence. On top of the order, Hearne must also pay 400 prosecution costs.

Hugh Vass, prosecuting, outlining the incident in which Hearne played a role, said the co-defendant, a man called Dixon, had earlier been put on probation for his part in the matter.

The victim, the court heard, was a man called Duncan Crombie. Dixon had swung a golf club at him, causing the head of the club to break and injure Mr Crombie in his right eye.

Commenting on Hearne's role, Mr Vass said: "This defendant accepts he was there and, by his violent behaviour and demeanour, he was involved in the altercation."

Mrs Bryant, mitigating, said: "He was not party to the initial confrontation and he did not have any weapons.

"Mr Hearne's initial position was to attempt to split the fight up. He himself was assaulted and went to the ground."

Haverhill Weekly News

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