Shanklin man’s violent bus station crash lands him in court

A CHEF injured the foot of an innocent passer-by while throwing a can of beer, after unsuccessfully trying to hit a man and threatening a woman with stabbing her brother, three victims unknown to him, just waiting for a bus.

The violent incident took place at Ryde bus station on the evening of June 5.

Alan Cassford, of Queens Road, Shanklin, with another man, was at the bus station when a group of people, who had just arrived on the island by ferry, gathered there.

None of the group knew Cassford and his accomplice.

One of the victims, Delta Burdett, heard Cassford, 20, and the other man randomly threatening to stab his brother in the neck.

At this point, Michael Zammit intervened, warning Cassford to stay away from her, prosecution Ann Smout told the Isle of Wight court on Monday.

Cassford, who had been drinking, reacted by trying to hit Mr. Zammit, but missed him.

However, he then threw two full beer cans at her, which also ran out, but one of the cans hit the foot of Louise Algar, a caregiver, resulting in an injury and bleeding in her foot.

Police subsequently arrested Cassford, who admitted to assaulting Miss Algar by beating, using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior with the intent to frighten or provoke violence against Mr Zammit, and in using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior to cause harassment. , alarm and distress to Miss Burdett.

The victim impact statements were read in court.

“Since this incident I have felt very anxious and scared. I have not been back to Ryde since,” said Miss Burdett.

Miss Algar said: “I was shocked by the assault as I had no idea what was going on and got caught up in someone else’s problems.

“It worries me that it could just as easily happen to a small child or an older member of the public and cause them much more serious injury.”

Cassford appeared in court on July 20 for two assaults – including one against a rescuer – for which he was sentenced to four months in jail, suspended for 18 months.

The latest infractions, however, predate this ordinance.

For Cassford, Oscar Vincent said his client was fortunate enough to walk away from court in July, but has not been offended since and has made significant progress in his life.

“At the time of his offense, he was in a very bad situation – a homeless man with alcohol and substance abuse problems,” Vincent said.

“But after leaving court in July, he adopted a responsible lifestyle. He tackles his previous abuses and got a full-time job as a chef – and has since been promoted to chef.”

Cassford was given a one-year probationary period, including 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay Miss Algar compensation of £ 50 for the damage caused, £ 85 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 95.

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