Dad-of-three jailed after attack outside village pub

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A FATHER who was given a second chance after attacking a police officer was sent to prison on Wednesday.

Dad-of-three Darryl Paddison, of Ivatt Court, Grantham, was sentenced to 18-weeks in prison suspended for 12 months after being found guilty of attacking a police officer following a trial earlier this year.

This week he admitted a public order offence after attacking a man in Long Bennington on August 26.

He also admitted being in breach of the suspended sentence which magistrates chose to activate.

As a result, Paddison was sentenced to a total of eight weeks in prison.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, told the court Paddison was sitting in a silver Mazda opposite the Royal Oak pub at around 6pm when he saw the victim. He then walked over to him and punched him once, knocking him to the ground.

The victim did not support the prosecution but the attack was seen by two members of the public who reported being “distressed by the violence they saw before them”.

Bill Fraser, defending, told the court Paddison only admitted what he told police in court - that he pushed the victim rather than punched him.

He also argued against magistrates activating the suspended sentence.

Mr Fraser said: “In my submission the effect would be quite catastrophic on the whole family.”

However, the appeal fell on deaf ears.

Paddison, 25, was sentenced to four weeks in prison for threatening behaviour, along with a further four weeks for breaching the suspended sentence.