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'Tough man' avoids jail after assaulting four teenagers in Horncastle

By Louth Target  |  Posted: September 17, 2012

Skegness Magistrates' Court

Skegness Magistrates' Court

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A MAN who bragged that he 'owned' Horncastle, has received a suspended prison sentence after admitting assaulting a group of teenagers.

Jonathan Paul Naughton, 30, of Holly Close, admitted assaults by beating on four teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, when he appeared before District Judge Lawrence at Skegness Magistrates Court.

He had previously denied the offences and a charge of sexual assault against one of the teenagers was dismissed after no evidence was offered. He did admit a charge of assaulting her by beating.

Prosecuting, David Beal said the teenagers, all aged 14 to 16, were congregated around a bench in Horncastle town centre between 5pm and 6pm on October 29 last year.

He said Naughton was 'out and about' in Horncastle dressed in combat gear.

He said the teenagers were not interfering with anyone, but Naughton thought he was being stared at and went across to them 'at speed.'

He pushed his way through to a 15-year-old boy, head-butted him in the face and tried to hit him with a bag of shopping.

Naughton then 'sounded off' about being a 'tough man' and that he 'owned Horncastle'.

A 15-year-old girl, who had her arm in a sling, stood up to Naughton and he hit her in the face and on the arm.

The youngsters then took refuge in a nearby kebab takeaway and what then happened was recorded on the takeaway's CCTV camera.

Naughton was seen outside calling on the group, including a 14-year-old girl.

The girl with a sling went out and stood in front of the 14-year-old to defend her and Naughton pushed past her, reached round and pinched the 14-year-old's bottom, at which the older girl launched a blow at him.

He went for her and pushed her out of view of the CCTV camera.

Several people rang the police who arrived and arrested Naughton.

Mr Beal said Naughton could not give any coherent account of his actions.

In mitigation, Ian Benton said it had been Naughton's perception, brought on by the alcohol he had drunk, that he had been verballed, but he now accepted it was wrong.

Sentencing Naughton to eight weeks custody on each of the charges, suspended for two years, the judge said the victims must have had a 'terrible time'.

He also ordered Naughton be supervised by the probation service for two years and attend a 'thinking skills' programme.

He was also ordered to pay £200 in costs and pay £50 compensation to the girl who was injured.

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  • eatmygoal  |  September 19 2012, 10:04PM

    "If I wanted to know what a thinking skills programme is, I might be tempted to enter "probation thinking skills programme" into an internet search engine. I just tried. It works really quickly" Cutting!

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 19 2012, 9:58PM

    Lincolnpie - Or angler, hunter, gamekeeper, assassin, rambler who doesn't want bright orange flashes on other people's photographs, ...

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  • Lincolnpie  |  September 19 2012, 9:37PM

    Wearin combat gear? Unless youre in the armed forces, i'm afraid that screams desperate, sad weirdo..

  • Roadscource  |  September 19 2012, 12:37PM

    "So Mr Naughton your this toughman who goes around beating up children as a pastime" What makes you think he is able to read?

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  • Roadscource  |  September 19 2012, 12:35PM

    "In mitigation" "brought on by the alcohol he had drunk" What a brilliant excuse !

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  • crispydoodle  |  September 18 2012, 10:16PM

    It would seem you get a harsher penalty for dropping a chip shop paper in Horncastle!?!

  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  September 18 2012, 7:44PM

    If I wanted to know what a thinking skills programme is, I might be tempted to enter "probation thinking skills programme" into an internet search engine. I just tried. It works really quickly.

  • Adrian1208  |  September 18 2012, 1:23AM

    Jonathan Paul Naughton A TRUE TOUGHMAN!!!!!! So Mr Naughton your this toughman who goes around beating up children as a pastime, you must feel very proud of yourself, next time pick on somebody your own age only then will you end up with what you realy deserve.....

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  • Phil1W  |  September 17 2012, 5:13PM

    He sounds like a violent drunken cowardly thug going round assaulting children. He should have been locked up straight away! And as "eatmygoal" asks, I would love to know what this "thinking skills' programme" is?

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  • passtheparcel  |  September 17 2012, 10:55AM

    Naughton then 'sounded off' about being a 'tough man' and that he 'owned Horncastle'. He probably "does" in his warped mind!

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