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Hitchin man pleaded guilty to referee assault

13 Sep 2018

A man from Hitchin was sentenced yesterday (Wednesday) to a 12 month community order after he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Luke Nicholls, 28, of John Barker Place, Hitchin, has pleaded guilty to an assault which happened during a football match in Luton on 11 December 2016.

An argument broke out between a football player and a referee in which the referee was punched in the head once. This caused the victim to lose consciousness and he required hospital treatment.

Nicholls was sentenced to a 12 month community order, during which he needs to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. Additionally, he will be subjected to three months of a tagged curfew between 9pm and 6am.

He has also been ordered to pay a £250 victim surcharge to the victim.

Detective Constable Daniel O’Mahoney, who investigated the assault, said: “We are satisfied that the offender in this case has been brought to justice nearly two years after the incident.

“We have carried out a thorough investigation and in the end the offender decided to plead guilty to this violent assault.”

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