Vigilante trio took revenge on wrong man in Lincoln beating
An innocent man was subjected to a vigilante-style beating on Lincoln High Street by a group of people who wrongly believed he was involved in an assault which left a seven week old baby severely injured.
The victim , a friend of the man actually responsible for the attack, was targeted as he walked past the One Stop Shop.
Catherine Chasemore, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court "The three defendants were inside the shop. All three left the shop to confront him.
"They asked him what had happened and he told them he had not been charged."
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Amanda Benniworth grabbed the man by the hair and pulled him to the ground and he was struck a number of blows before the attackers left the scene by taxi.
Benniworth, 42, her son Jake Cavill, 19, both of Appleby Way, Lincoln, and Kelly Clarkson , 21 , of Bawtry Close, Lincoln, all denied charges of assault and robbery on 28 September 2012. They were cleared by a jury of robbery but convicted of assault.
All three were given a nine month jail sentence suspended for two years. Benniworth was also given a four month night time curfew and Cavill was given 200 hours of unpaid work.
Recorder Mark Rhind told them "This incident arose out of a tragic event. I accept that was deeply upsetting and feelings ran high. However, it was not the victim who bears any responsibility for that."
Giles Bedloe, for Benniworth, said the incident arose out of the emotional circumstances.
Jon Dee, for Clarkson, said feelings were running high because a child had suffered brain damage.
He said there was no pre-planning with what happened being as a result of a chance encounter.
Sunil Khanna, for Cavill, said he became involved as a result of his mother's actions.
* Nicholas O'Rourke, 20, who carried out the attack which left the seven week old baby with brain damage, was sentenced to 20 months at a young offenders' institution when he appeared before Lincoln Crown Court in February. O'Rourke, of Cotman Road, Lincoln, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on 23 August 2012.