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A 32-year-old man from Easteligh has been jailed for twenty weeks for assault and public order offences.
Kieran Snelling, of Southampton Road, Eastleigh was sentenced at Southampton Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (18 January).
It follows four incidents in Eastleigh between 10.30pm and 11.10pm on Saturday 5 November 2022.
Snelling pleaded guilty to two incidents of assault by beating and two of using threatening / abusive / insulting words / behaviour with intent to cause fear of / provoke unlawful violence.
On the evening in question, Snelling, who was 30 at the time, was on a bus when he verbally abused the driver, aged in his 20s.
When challenged by a passenger who asked him to get off the bus, Snelling then head-butted and hit him, causing the victim, aged in his 60s, to bleed.
CCTV on the bus clearly caught all of the incident.
After leaving the bus, local CCTV then captured Snelling heading into the town centre and onto Station Hill.
It was at this point that he committed his two further offences.
Snelling approached a vehicle and verbally abused the occupants, causing one of the passengers, aged in their late teens, to fear unlawful violence.
Finally, in another unprovoked attack, Snelling approached a man on the A335 and hit him, causing the victim, aged in his 30s, to fall to the floor.
The town centre CCTV then shows Snelling walking off in the direction of Bishopstoke Road, which is where officers arrested him a short time later.
In addition to the 20 weeks behind bars, Snelling has also been ordered to pay a total of £370 in compensation to his victims.
PC Michael Gould, who dealt with the case, said: “I’m pleased with the outcome, and to see that Snelling will be spending time behind bars.
“That evening, in the space of under an hour, Snelling assaulted and verbally abused four innocent people who were simply going about their daily lives.
“While it has taken time to get to the point of sentencing, I’m so glad to see that justice has now been served and that Snelling has time to reflect on what he did.
“The support and patience of the victims, alongside the hard work of the officers involved in this case, has ensured we achieved the right result.
“I hope the victims will take some comfort from the fact that Snelling, while he is locked away, is unable to do this to anybody else.”
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