‘Yobbish act’ ruins army career plan

Nottingham Crown Court.
Nottingham Crown Court.

A ‘yobbish act of madness’ by a 24-year-old Hucknall man has landed him in prison instead of his dream job in the Army.

Shaun Cash, of Bolsover Street, was sent to jail for ten months after knocking out a 44-year-old man with a single blow on a night out in Nottingham city centre.

Felicity Campbell, defending, told Nottingham Crown Court: “Mr Cash is in the Army Reserves and had hoped to become a regular. However, this conviction has put paid to that. It was one very foolish mistake and has blighted his future.”

Cash pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm against IT consultant Stuart Maguire on Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham at 2.30am on Saturday 31st August last year.

Ian Way, prosecuting, said Mr Maguire remembered nothing of the attack, which took place as he came out of the Burger King takeaway. But it was captured on CCTV footage, which was played to the court. It was also seen from the other side of the road by doorman Jack Batchelor, who flagged down a passing police car.

“Mr Batchelor says he saw someone come from behind and strike a man with his right hand,” said Mr Way.“It was a powerful blow, giving a loud thud. Mr Maguire fell into the road and lost consciousness. An oncoming taxi had to take evasive action to avoid him.”

The judge, Recorder Jason MacAdam, told Cash: “When you come out of prison, you will rebuild your life. I accept you never intended to cause serious harm, but this was an act of madness and the kind of yobbish behaviour that our cities are blighted with.”