Man of Violence Jailed

Benjamin Louther

5:30pm 10th August 2012

A 26 year-old man has been jailed for eight years at Aylesbury Crown Court today (10/8), for carrying out two assaults which left his victims with serious injuries.

Benjamin Alvin Louther, of Sir Henry Jake Close, Banbury, admitted one count of GBH in connection with an assault in Banbury last August, at Oxford Crown Court on 26 April.

He denied a second count of GBH in connection with an assault in Aylesbury last September, but was found guilty by a jury following a two-day trial at Aylesbury Crown Court in May.

In the first incident on Wednesday 31 August, Louther was playing football on the sports field at Horley Path Road in Banbury when he and an opponent challenged for the ball.

Following the challenge, Louther lost his temper and punched the opponent, a 21-year-old man, in the face, breaking his cheekbone. The victim had to undergo surgery following the incident.

On Sunday 25 September, Louther got into a dispute with a work colleague as they were were driving along a country lane in Botolph Claydon, Buckingham, after attending a party where they had both been drinking.

After they got out of the car, Louther lost his temper and punched his colleague, a 32-year-old man, in the face, knocking him to the ground. While he was on the floor, Louther continued to punch the victim in the face and when he tried to get up, Louther knocked him down again and kicked him.

As a result of the attack, the victim suffered a broken cheekbone which required surgery, as well as cuts and bruises.

During the trial, Judge Sheridan called Louther “a dangerous individual who would resort to violence on a whim”. He said Louther was “one drunken night away from killing someone”.

Det Con Richard Bazeley, of Force CID based in Aylesbury, said:

“Benjamin Louther is a dangerous and volatile man, who is clearly unable to control his temper and lashes out as a result.

He has caused serious injuries to two men and both incidents could have easily resulted in more severe consequences.

The level of violence Louther has shown is completely unacceptable and should act as a warning to others that we treat such incidents extremely seriously.

I would like to thank all the witnesses who came forward and assisted with our investigation.”

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