Convicted thug asks for prison instead of community work

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A THUG who carried out a vicious and unprovoked assault asked a court to send him to jail so he did not have to do community work.

Craig Eden, 23, of Chapel Park Road, St Leonards, had been convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breaching a conditional discharge for a drugs offence.

He appeared in court last week after sentencing was adjourned for reports to be drawn up.

Jeremy King, prosecuting, said: “This happened back on November 22 at the junction of Silchester Road and Kenilworth Road.

“Darren Adams was riding his cycle along Silchester Road when he went past a group of four men wearing hooded tops, one of whom was Eden.

“He then saw Eden running toward him. Eden stood in front of his bike, blocking his path, and punched him twice in the head.

“Mr Adams ran into a nearby launderette but Eden chased after him. He tried to block the door but Eden forced his way in and continued the assault punching him in the head and twisting his finger, which ended up being fractured.

“He later told police he had no idea why he was assaulted in this way.

“He picked Eden out from an identity line-up and he was charged.”

Kim Goodall, defending, told magistrates: “He says he does not wish to comply with any community order and asks that you send him to prison. He is not a man of violence but he is entirely realistic and asks that he goes to jail.”

Chairman of the bench Godfrey Daniel said: “This was a nasty prolonged assault. We are sending you to prison not because you have asked for that but because we have decided.”

Eden was sentenced to 19 months in prison.