Man Jailed For Banbury Baton Attack

28 October 2016, 10:51 | Updated: 28 October 2016, 10:58

A man has been jailed after attacking a man in Banbury with a baton.

A man's started a 6-year jail term for smashing a man in the face with a baton in Banbury.

22-year-old Stephen Cooper from Padbury Drive in the town broke the victim's eye socket last year - while collecting money he was owed.

He was convicted of GBH with intent.

Thames Valley Police Statement:

A man has been given a six year prison sentence following a GBH incident.

Stephen Cooper, aged 22, of Padbury Drive Banbury was convicted of one count of GBH with intent and sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday (26/10).

On 11 March, 2015, at about 6.05pm, Cooper met the victim, a 34-year-old man in Alma Road, Banbury, to collect £20 which he was owed.

Cooper hit the victim in the face with a weapon which appeared to be a baton.

The victim sustained a fractured eye socket in the assault.

Cooper was arrested on 11 March, 2015 and was charged on 10 June, 2015.

He was found guilty on Wednesday (26/10) by a unanimous jury following a two day trial.

Investigating officer Det Con Grahame Lea of Banbury Force CID, said:

“This was a vicious attack using a weapon in a public place in front of members of the public and with total disregard for children playing in a nearby playground.

The actions of Cooper left the victim with a fractured eye socket which caused both severe physical and emotional pain.

The time Cooper serves in custody will give him time to reflect on the severity of his actions.

This should serve as a deterrent to others who feel they can evade justice as a result of acts of violence.

This type of violent crime will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police and the sentence imposed reflects this".