Harleston man gets suspended prison sentence for attack

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A man from Harleston who attacked two people at an engagement party has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Adam Gooderham, 35, claimed to have been attempting to protect his girlfriend but was last month found guilty by a jury following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

Last Thursday Gooderham, of Crane’s Meadow, Harleston, who was convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault, was sentenced to a total of six months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He will also do 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Judge David Goodin, who had presided over the trial, described Gooderham’s behaviour as “dreadful.”

Gooderham claimed that when he carried out the assaults in the early hours of August 31 last year at The Pavilion in Rattlesden he had been acting in self-defence.

Gooderham told the court that he had already been holding a beer bottle when he lashed out, believing his girlfriend was being attacked and had not picked the bottle up to use as a weapon.

After being punched in the face he had been disorientated, said Gooderham.

He said he had struck out because he could hear his girlfriend shouting that she was being attacked.

The prosecution alleged that Gooderham had launched his attack without establishing what was taking place. Kerry Lloyd said he had felt a hard blow between his eyes as he tried to pull part to women who were fighting. He was treated at hospital where doctors used stitches to close a wound between his eyebrows. The second victim was Emma Bird, Mr Lloyd’s girlfriend. She said she was struck in the face by Gooderham and suffered a black eye.

Judge Goodin ordered Gooderham to pay compensation of £350 to Mr Lloyd and £150 to Miss Bird. He will also have to pay £200 prosecution costs.