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Another violent assault

April 16th 2011

A man who attacked a homeless woman in Bournemouth last summer has escaped a jail sentence.

Daniel Preston, 24, a builder from Poole, assaulted Elin Mitchell while she was asleep in a doorway in the centre of Bournemouth and stole £10 from her. Ms Mitchell, who has been homeless since April 2010, said: "He kicked me in the head and took my money. It makes me scared to be out on the streets now."

Sentencing Mr Preston at Bournemouth Crown Court, the Recorder, Philippa Whipple, described his crime as "a really disgraceful act." Ms Whipple added: "You picked on a vulnerable single person and not only did you steal from her what little money she had, you kicked her to the side of the head. It was bullying, intimidating, foul behaviour. You were so drunk at the time you can’t remember."

Mr Preston was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months. His lawyer put his client’s behaviour down to excessive drinking, saying: "It wasn’t motivated by anything. The explanation lies in the fact that he was dead drunk at the time. He did say he was sorry."

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Daniel Preston said: "I was very drunk and I am sorry. It won’t happen again." As well as his suspended sentence, he has been ordered to do 100 hours of community service and attend an alcohol management programme.


April 2011



Stand still and be counted!

Controversial strategy continues in City of London

Thugs jailed for attack on asylum seeker

Secret camp discovered in Villa grounds

Another violent assault

Bradford body finally discovered

The Big Issue goes app

Rough sleeper’s story takes to the stage

More hostel beds lost

Guerrilla campaign sees skeleton sleeping rough

End to restrictions on Eastern European nationals

Rough sleeper badly burned

Reading man charged over rough sleeper‚Äö?Ñ?¥s death

Enlightened hospital policy

Proposed soup kitchen ban makes way for £2.8m Westminster development

IWIC loses funding

Birmingham rough sleepers share in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

Home-made for the home-less

Cannock project supports homeless with free toiletries

St Martin’s Helpdesk open for fewer hours

Skills for Life

I don‚Äö?Ñ?¥t know what I‚Äö?Ñ?¥d do without this place

Report reveals upward trend in homelessness

Befrienders help turn houses into homes

Scottish chef gets a taste of success

Politicians put under pressure to hear homeless voices

Glasgow homeless hit for council tax payments

Street Shield: The byelaw

Westminster - two sides of the argument


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