The Court decided that the defendant should avoid prison after what it described as ‘exceptional circumstances’
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The Court heard how a martial arts fighters unleashed a flurry of savage blows at an off-duty police officer during a road rage incident in Kent.
Jamie SAUNDERS, known as ‘The Gusher’ in the Mixed Martial Arts world, immediately became agitated when the off duty PC, Adrian Hutton, got out of his vehicle to speak to Saunders.
Saunders, who has three children himself, struck Hutton at least ten times “in a manner described as a professional fighter” causing multiple injuries to Hutton, including breaking his nose.
As PC Hutton’s wife, Pollyanna, tried to help her husband, Saunders grabbed her by the throat and violently pushed her away.
This is in front of PC Hutton’s 5-year-old daughter who saw the terrifying incident unfold including seeing her Mum & Dad viciously assaulted during the incident.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how the 5-year-old was left incredibly traumatised by the violence that she witnessed.
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Despite the level of violence carried out by Saunders, who runs Trojan Tree Care in Sevenoaks, he WALKED FREE from Court after the Judge cited ‘exceptional circumstances’ in handing down a suspended prison sentence.
The 37-year-old, of High Street, Seal, was given six months suspended for 18 months with 60 hours unpaid work.
A 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement addressing “responsibility and addressing situations” was ordered. He will have to pay his victim £500 compensation.
PC Hutton and his family were on their way to a friends wedding when the savage attack happened in August 2017.
Mrs Hutton was driving their car along Tinker Pot Lane in West Kingsdown, which is too narrow for cars to pass each other.
Saunders was in the vehicle directly behind Hutton.
Prosecutor Edmund Blackman said Mrs Hutton wanted to reverse to a passing point as there was a car coming in the opposite director, but Saunders refused to back his vehicle up in order to allow the cars to pass.
“It was a hot day and the car windows were down,” he said. “They could hear the defendant shouting. Mr Hutton got out to ask him to reverse.
“At that point, the defendant got out of his car and proceeded to launch a flurry of punches directed at Mr Hutton – in the region of 10 punches to the head and upper body.
“The punches were delivered in a manner described as a professional fighter. He had no chance to defend himself. His glasses were broken.
“His wife got out of the car to go to his rescue. The defendant grabbed her by the throat and hand and pushed her away. He then renewed his assault on Mr Hutton.
“What appears to have stopped the assault was their five-year-old bursting into tears and the defendant coming to his senses.
“Mr Hutton produced his warrant card, as he was an off-duty police officer and informed him of that fact.”
Mr Hutton was later treated in hospital for the nose fracture and bruising.
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Saunders, who has featured on the BBC Gardener’s World programme and describes himself as an actor, extra and model, claimed he threw a punch because he anticipated he was about to be hit by the victim, but then acted excessively.
He admitted assault causing actual bodily harm to Mr Hutton and common assault on his wife.
Mr Blackman said Mr Hutton described the attack as frenzied. “Despite being an experienced police officer of 10 years, it took him by surprise and had no time to defend himself,” he said.
“He described his attacker as being trained in combat. The incident left him scared with a broken nose. His vision was blurred in his left eye. He had random headaches and a scar above his eye socket which was painful to touch.”
The couple’s daughter suffered emotional difficulties from witnessing the assault and was referred for trauma counselling.
Danny Moore, defending, said: “The victim, a large man, made the decision to get out of the car. That is an indicator of something. In the heat of battle, as it were, there were several blows.”
Judge Philip St John-Stevens told Saunders, whose children live with his ex-partner: “This was a sustained assault in the context of actual bodily harm. I accept there was a degree of provocation and excessive self-defence.
“What has been described as road rage is unpleasant and cannot be tolerated by the court. That clearly is an aggravating feature in the context of this offence.”
“I have considered whether there are exceptional circumstances, bearing in mind your position as a father and your reaction to it,” he added.
“In my judgement, there are exceptional circumstances where a custodial sentence need not be immediate.
I am sure, standing there, you appreciate the effect on that family.”
Its a sad society we live in, where you can get banged up for not paying your Council Tax, but you can avoid prison even having beaten a man and assaulted his wife in front of their 5-year-old daughter.
PC Hutton and his family have been let down by the Justice system in a way that should shock us all.
The Judge in this case cited ‘exceptional circumstances’ as a reason not to send Saunders to jail.
In my view, the ONLY ‘exceptional circumstances’ involved the fact that Saunders was willing to beat a man so savagely, assault his wife and only appeared to stop the attack owing to the fact that their 5-year old daughter was sobbing!
Their daughter was so traumatised that the poor little girl need trauma Counselling!!
Its a disgrace. What kind of message does this send to people, the fact that you can conduct yourself in this manner, yet still not get sent to prison!?
Unless the off-duty Police Officer was walking towards Saunders with his fists clenched and teeth gritted, with blood shot eyes whilst shouting abuse at Saunders, then how on earth can Saunders’ response be regarded as having been undertaken in ‘exceptional circumstances’!?
I cannot even start to imagine how violated PC Hutton must have felt, having been beaten in front of his wife and young daughter, whilst also witnessing his wife being assaulted.
My heart goes out to PC Hutton and his family.
And yet, PC Hutton will now be expected to go out and risk his life to enforce the laws which have let him and his family down…..
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