Banbury man sentenced for violent attack

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A Banbury man has been given a prison sentence following a GBH incident last year.

Stephen Cooper, aged 22, of Padbury Drive Banbury was convicted of one count of GBH with intent and sentenced to six years in prison at Oxford Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday).

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The conviction follows a incident last March when Mr Cooper met with the 34-year-old victim in Alma Road, Banbury, to collect £20 which he was owed.

Mr Cooper hit the victim in the face with a weapon which appeared to be a baton, fracturing the mans eye socket.

He was found guilty on Wednesday, October 26, by a unanimous jury following a two day trial.

Investigating officer Det Con Grahame Lea of Banbury Force CID, said: “This was a vicious attack using a weapon in a public place in front of members of the public and with total disregard for children playing in a nearby playground.

“The actions of Cooper left the victim with a fractured eye socket which caused both severe physical and emotional pain.

“The time Cooper serves in custody will give him time to reflect on the severity of his actions.

“This should serve as a deterrent to others who feel they can evade justice as a result of acts of violence.

“This type of violent crime will not be tolerated by Thames Valley Police and the sentence imposed reflects this.”