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Man Sent To Prison For Assaulting Pedestrian On Way Home From GuilFest

Published on: 14 Dec, 2012
Updated on: 21 Dec, 2012

A Guildford man has been sentenced to three and a half years imprisonment after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to a pedestrian he assaulted in Kings Road, near Stoke Park, while GuilFest was talking place.

The narrow road tunnel in Kings Road where the incident took place.

James Alexander Wallington, 32, of Great Goodwin Drive, Bushy Hill, Guildford, admitted the offence in which a 40-year-old man suffered serious head injuries as a result of the incident on July 13.

The victim was walking home after attending the music festival with his wife and young child when he was assaulted. He went to cross the road and gestured to a vehicle to stop in order that his family could reach the other side. The car stopped and Wallington got out and assaulted him.

Detective Constable Dave Pellatt said: “This was a horrific unprovoked attack on a local man who was just trying to ensure he and his family could cross a road safely. The sentencing today [Friday, December 14] reflects the severity of this attack and I hope it goes some way to enabling the victim to move on with his life.

“He has suffered considerably, both physically and emotionally as a result of the brutal encounter and it is a testament to him that he has been able to help officers with the investigation. I would also like to thank members of the public who came forward with invaluable information following our appeals for help.

“Surrey Police will not tolerate behaviour of this kind towards innocent members of the public and will relentlessly pursue every line of enquiry to identify any person/s responsible and bring them to justice.”

Wallington was sentenced at Guildford Crown Court.

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