Man who throttled and pushed woman in Queensferry car park spared jail


Jonathan Grieve

A man who throttled a woman after pushing her into a flowerbed and kicking her while she was on the floor has been spared jail.
George Ashley Arathoon, 25, assaulted the woman, as well as her son, in the car park at Asda in Queensferry.
Police were called after several reports a man had been seen pushing the woman over before kicking her.
The young boy had stepped in to try to stop the attack and Arathoon lunged at him, though did not physically harm him.
Security staff at the store later saw Arathoon grabbing the woman by the throat.
Arathoon, of Underwood Drive, Ellesmere Port, was also seen to lunge at the child, who witnesses told police looked really frightened and scared, Wrexham Magistrates Court heard.
The 25-year-old had previously admitted two charges of assault and was appearing for sentencing.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, said Arathoon had 16 convictions for 25 previous offences.
Mark Evans, defending, said the incident was triggered by the stress of a new business venture Arathoon was starting.
Mr Evans said although it was clear Arathoon had a poor criminal record, he had largely stayed out of trouble over the previous four-and-a-half years.
Arathoon became homeless at an early stage in his life and fell between the cracks, the court heard.
Since then, he had worked hard to gain full time employment and subsequently try to establish his own business.
Arathoon had been working very long hours and was under a great deal of stress, Mr Evans added.
The court heard Arathoon’s offences passed the custody threshold but he was spared jail and handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months for each assault, to be served concurrently.
Arathoon was also ordered to carry out a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement, as well as a building better relationships programme, and told to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.
For breaching a previous conditional discharge, he was fined £100. Costs of £85 and a £115 victim surcharge were also imposed.

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