Man who assaulted two passengers on a P&O cruise ship sentenced to 21 months in prison
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Paul Evans, aged 45, of Parkview Gardens in Clayhill, Essex was sentenced yesterday (Thursday, 29 July) to 21 months in prison after he was found guilty of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Southampton Crown Court.
The court heard that at around 1.40am on the 26 July 2019, Evans and his partner at the time, were on P&O’s Britannia enroute to Southampton from Bergen. The couple were in the Horizons restaurant drinking alcohol, when they started swearing and using inappropriate language in front of other families and children.
A woman in her 40’s approached the couple and asked them to stop swearing as it was upsetting the other passengers but Evans started swearing at her.
This led to an altercation between Evans and other passengers on board, during which Evans assaulted a 50-year-old man and a 52-year-old man.
The restaurant staff alerted the ships security who attended and detained Evans and his partner until the end of the end of the cruise.
The 50-year-old man and 52-year-old man were taken to the on board medical centre where they were treated for their injuries.
Evans, his partner and another passenger who also sustained minor injuries, were also treated by the medics on board.
Following a seven day trial, a jury at Southampton Crown Court convicted Evans of two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Evans’ partner at the time, Tabatha Young, aged 43, of High Road, Chigwell, Essex previously pleaded guilty to one count of actual bodily harm after assaulting a woman in her 40s during the incident. Yesterday, Young was handed a nine month sentence, suspended for two years and ordered to complete 180 hours of community service.
Paul Evans was sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Detective Constable Lisa Robins from the Western Investigation Team said “This was a nasty incident that happened on board a cruise ship in front of families and children.
“Nobody should have to tolerate inappropriate and abusive language or behaviour.
“Alcohol can often lead to violence and we simply won’t tolerate it.
“Having a few drinks does not excuse criminal behaviour, in any setting.”
A P&O Cruises spokesman said: "We will not tolerate disruptive behaviour on board our ships."