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Assault on woman and boy
AN ELECTRICAL engineer has been jailed for slashing a teenager with a knife and assaulting a woman.
Glen Hodgetts, of Kingfisher Grove, Wantage, appeared at Oxford Crown Court after admitting unlawful wounding and assault.
The 46-year-old, who carried out the crimes against his two victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, on March 18 this year, has now been sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Deborah Minett, prosecuting, told Recorder Rhona Campbell that the father-of-two had been drinking and had taken valium prior to the attacks.
She said he first pushed his female victim before swinging a small knife at the boy, inflicting a cut on his thumb and along his arm.
Miss Minett said the teenage boy had required stitches and plastic surgery as a result of his injuries.
She said: “During the incident, the boywas very frightened. He thought he was going to be seriously hurt or possibly killed.”
The barrister added that following the attacks, the woman had been “living in constant fear”.
Miss Minett said in 2008 that Hodgetts was also cautioned by police for an assault which caused actual bodily harm to a woman, when he punched her in the face.
John Waller, defending, said his client was “bitterly remorseful” for what he had done.
He said: “It was a mixture of valium bought in Thailand and alcohol that led to this offence.”
Sentencing him, Recorder Campbell said to Hodgetts: “This whole incident was completely unjustifiable. I see you hanging your head – and rightly so.”
The defendant was also ordered to pay a £100 victims’ surcharge.