Second chance for Doncaster man after assaults

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A man who assaulted a pregnant woman in a drunken attack has been given another chance to turn his life around before learning his fate.

Robert Nicklin, aged 28, of The Homestead, Bentley, had been warned to expect an immediate jail term when he turned up for sentencing at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court.

But after learning he had turned over a new leaf, District Judge Jonathan Bennett deferred sentencing until October.

The court heard Nicklin had committed three unprovoked assaults, one of which resulted in a woman who was 18 weeks pregnant having a door slammed into her stomach.

Nicklin had been drinking heavily when he went round to the home of an acquaintance in Rose Avenue on October 26 last year at around 6.20pm and forced open the door that smashed into the pregnant woman.

The court heard Nicklin did not know the woman was behind the door at the time of the incident – and could provide no reason for the attack.

Nicklin was also charged with assaulting a man at the same property.

The baby was unharmed in the incident which happened 13 days after a similar attack.

Previously, Nicklin had assaulted the father of a man who he thought was seeing his partner behind his back.

The court heard Nicklin knocked on the door of the property in Second Avenue, Woodlands, just before midnight being forcing open the door and punching the man.

The court heard Nicklin had initially denied three counts of assault and one of causing £500 of damage to a door, but changed his plea to guilty on the trial day.

And after hearing from Tim Williamson, representing Nicklin, about how his client had secured a job and engaged with alcohol services, Judge Bennett deferred sentencing until October 1.

Speaking at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court, Mr Williamson said: “He accepts his behaviour was completely unacceptable. He is trying to put his life in order.”

Judge Bennett told Nicklin he must maintain employment, start saving his wages towards compensation for his victims, and keep engaging with alcohol services ahead of his sentencing hearing in October.

If Nicklin sticks to the terms he was told, he may be given a community punishment rather than a jail term in four months’ time.