Peterborough man attacked Navy veteran in his own home

Christopher Cunningham

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A Peterborough man who broke into a Navy veteran’s home and assaulted him with a knife has been sent to prison - after asking to be jailed.

Christopher Cunningham (35) broke into the flat belonging to the 62-year-old at 11.30pm on October 2.

You behaved in a grossly disgraceful way

Judge Tina Landale

Cunningham, of no fixed abode punched the man to the ground, kicked him and cut his arm and thumb with a knife in the flat in South View, Peterborough.

On Friday he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court, where he was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a previous hearing.

Sentencing, Judge Tina Landale said: “You behaved in a grossly disgraceful way to the victim, who is an elderly male in poor health, having suffered a heart attack a few months earlier.”

Craig McDougall, prosecuting, said: “The victim was asleep at about 11.30pm when the door was kicked in. Cunningham came in, and the victim went into the communal area, where he was assaulted.

“Cunningham punched him, kicked him in the genitals and stabbed him.”

The court was told the victim needed three stitches on his thumb.

Lawrence Bruce, defending, said: “The defendant has always said there was a degree of provocation.

“However, he admits that whatever the provocation was, his reaction was not appropriate. He admits he did wrong and is ashamed.

“He expresses his desire for a prison sentence as the only deterrent for further offences. This man is saying ‘what I did was wrong and I deserve to be punished.”

Mr Bruce said Cunningham was battling with an alcohol problem, and should be given credit for his guilty plea - despite denying the offence when he was first arrested.

Mr McDougall said the victim denied any provocation.

Along with the jail term, a five year restraining order was put in place.