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Shock as Newbury dancefloor attack on woman goes 'unpunished'

Motive for burly man's assault remains a mystery

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A BURLY man who smashed a defenceless woman to the ground on a Newbury pub dance floor was told he will not be punished.

The tall attacker gave no explanation for his brutal onslaught and his motive remains a mystery.

But after the court case one witness expressed astonishment at the sentence imposed on 39-year-old Sarapata Wojciech of Redfield Court, Newbury.

Zainab Mohamed, prosecuting at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, December 1, said victim Tanya Silva had been enjoying a night out with friends at the Canal Bar in Market Place and began dancing with a woman friend.

Mr Wojciech appeared to want to stop the women dancing together, the court heard, and tried to pull Miss Silva away.

Ms Mohamed said: “He returned a couple of minutes later to find them still dancing.

“He hit Miss Silva with a clenched fist to the side of the head.”

Her head snapped back from the punch, the court heard, before another devastating blow to the face sent her crashing to the floor.

Ms Mohamed said the victim curled into a ball to protect herself, pleading “where has this come from?” as doormen dragged her attacker away to be arrested.

She added: “The aggrieved does not know this man and does not know what she has done to provoke such an attack.”

Handing magistrates photos of Miss Silva’s injuries, she said: “The police pointed out the injury to her head... you can assess [from the images] the amount of force the defendant has used.”

In interview, Wojciech replied “no comment” to all questions, the court heard.

He admitted one charge of assault by beating, committed on Friday night, October 28.

In court, he was asked through an interpreter, whether he had anything he wished to say.

Looking straight ahead, he replied: “Nothing.”

When pressed by magistrates, he added “it should not have happened” – although he did not specify to what he was referring.

Magistrates ordered Mr Wojciech to pay Miss Silva £250 compensation.

They also ordered him to pay £85 costs plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £20.

But they imposed a six-month conditional discharge and explained that this meant he was not being punished for the offence before the court that day.

Instead, they told him, the offence would be taken into consideration should he re-offend within six months.

One man who witnessed the incident, who asked not be named, said after the sentencing: “It was absolutely brutal, what he did.

“No one could quite believe it happened.

“Everyone was enjoying themselves and suddenly this huge bloke just punched this poor woman right in the face, twice.

“The door staff were very efficient and took him out straight away.

“I can’t see he’s got much of a punishment, if at all.”

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  • BobbyRocket

    15/12/2016 - 20:08

    What an absolute joke. Having served as a police officer for over 30 years I am simply appalled at the sentence given by the court. This man should have been given a custodial sentence as he clearly showed no remorse for his actions.

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  • TractorMan

    15/12/2016 - 08:08

    Wake up magistrates for @@@@s sake! Do you really want to send the message that you can punch an innocent woman in front of witnesses, be arrested and then get off Scot free apart from trivial costs and a paltry compensation! About time the punishment fitted the crime!!!

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  • Tricky

    14/12/2016 - 12:12

    That's what you get moving the courts to Reading.... I'm sure a local magistrate would have considered it more serious.

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  • Ihavenonickname

    14/12/2016 - 10:10

    I voted to 'remain' but would have no issue with deporting this thug back to his homeland!

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