Would-be vigilante spared jail for assault on man he wrongly thought to be sex attacker (From The Northern Echo)
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Would-be vigilante spared jail for assault on man he wrongly thought to be sex attacker
A WOULD-BE vigilante who attempted to take the law into his own hands by attacking a man who he wrongly believed had committed a sex attack has been spared jail.
Aaron Boon called at the home of the victim and hit him over the head with an 18 inch long metal bar.
Prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, Harry Hadfield said a struggle then ensued in which Boon dropped the bar and tried to bite the complainant.
The 25-year-old, who had taken amphetamine and cannabis, eventually ran off, but was later arrested by police.
Boon, of Dovecote Street, Stockton, said he believed the victim had sexually assaulted a female friend of his – although he was mistaken.
The court heard how Boon, a hospital radio volunteer, had admitted himself for medical treatment following the attack on May 29 this year, believing he was not of sound mind.
He admitted possession of an offensive weapon and common assault.
Graham Silvester, mitigating, said he did not know the complainant, who fortunately suffered no serious injury. The metal bar had been taken from a drum kit Boon owned.
He said: “It is a peculiar case. This is a man who has had problems, but since the incident he not taken any illegal substances of any kind.
“It has been a salutary lesson for him."
Judge John Walford said he was satisfied Boon's actions were out of character.
He told Boon: “Trying to take the law into one's own hands is a dangerous thing to do."
Boon was given a 12 month community order with supervision and ordered to pay £75 compensation to the victim and £100 court costs.