Man avoids jail for attack

A SCARBOROUGH man who “rampaged” through a neighbour’s flat after complaining about the noise of a party ended up smashing a woman across the face with a piece of wood.

Jeffrey Neil Sygrove, 30, was in his flat in Dean Road, when he was disturbed by a party in a flat above him and went to ask for the noise to be kept down.

He was admitted into the flat, but then lost his temper after spotting a guest at the party who he knew to be a burglar and drugs dealer, said Tim Capstick, prosecuting at York Crown Court yesterday.

The argument resulted in the woman, the sister of the flat resident, being hit in the face and knocked to the ground with the piece of wood.

The victim suffered bruising to her jaw, cheek and shoulder as a result of the attack, other guests at the party fleeing the scene screaming.

Sygrove, who has a previous criminal record including battery and racially aggravated threatening behaviour, appeared before the court for sentencing, having previously admitted a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Capstick, also told the court that at the time of the latest offence on July 10 last year, Sygrove had been subject to a community order, imposed by Scarborough magistrates for an offence of shoplifting.

Matthew Stephenson, mitigating, said that the case was suitable for a suspended prison sentence, as intimated at a previous hearing, his client being considered suitable for carrying out unpaid work.

Passing sentence, Judge Colin Burn told Sygrove said that “rampaging” and using a weapon was not acceptable.

Sygrove was sentenced to eight month custody, suspended for 18 months and paced under supervision for 18 months. He was also ordered to take part in a Thinking Skills Programme, complete 100 hours of unpaid work and pay prosecution costs of £500.