Student who punched victim 12 times at tram stop escapes immediate jail term

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A politics student must pay £300 compensation for attacking a man at a tram stop - then hurling his sister onto the tracks.

Cameron Smith, 28, began by kicking his first victim behind a knee, sending him falling to the ground on Goldsmith Street at 1.43am on July 9, city magistrates heard.

He ended up throwing 17 blows in the incident which began when he asked to use their mobile phone because his battery was low.

A 16-week prison term, suspended for 18 months, was imposed on Smith of Smithy Close, Clifton. He admitted two counts of assault by beating. The compensation will be split between the pair.

Magistrate Laura Woodings told Nottingham Trent University student Smith: "This was night-time city centre violence. You were in drink. The attack was unprovoked and repeated.

"If you do anything like this in the next 18 months, you can expect to go straight to prison for this offence. It was very serious and you acknowledge that yourself."

Magistrates were shown CCTV of the incident. Smith began to breathe heavily, looked away from the screens and was allowed to leave the room until the film ended.

The tram stop on Goldsmith Street where the attack happened

Christine Ofosu-Ampadu, prosecuting, said the male victim was kicked to the ground and then punched five times. As his sister intervened, she was thrown onto the tram tracks.

As the brother tried to protect her, the attack continued. Smith left with his t-shirt ripped off and was arrested nearby.

Miss Ofosu-Ampadu added: "This was a lengthy unprovoked assault. After being kicked, the man was punched five times. He was later punched seven times to the head and face."

Derek St Delroy Brown, mitigating, said: "It is clear Mr Smith is genuinely upset by this incident. He deeply regrets this matter."

Smith had gained 15 GCSEs and is in the third year of a sociology and politics degree. He has a close relationship with his mother and his four-year-old son, the court heard.

At the time, he had stopped taking medication because it made him lethargic and affected his studies, said Mr Brown.

"He has glowing references which show he is a very pleasant young man and a caring person. This is not someone who goes around beating people up.

"This is someone who made a genuine mistake," said Mr Brown. He said that Smith has now seen his family doctor over "a mental health issue and is due to see a psychiatrist next week" and is taking his medication.

"Whatever the court orders, he is willing to comply. The main issue is to put this matter behind him," Mr Brown added.

After the case, the male victim said he was celebrating his 24th birthday with his sister, who is 21 and a student outside the city.

He felt Smith deserved to be sent to jail immediately and added: "He was shown the CCTV at normal speed and then slowed down."

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