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Man sentenced for threatening behaviour

PUBLISHED: 10:58 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:35 05 July 2010

A man who punched another man in a town centre shop, causing him to fall on top of a baby's pram, has been ordered to carry out 65 hours of unpaid work in the community.

A man who punched another man in a town centre shop, causing him to fall on top of a baby's pram, has been ordered to carry out 65 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Anthony Leonard, 40, punched his victim in the Tesco store, in London Road North, Lowestoft, following a row, town magistrates heard yesterday.

Colette Griffiths, prosecuting, said the eight-month-old baby was in the pram and that he and his mother were left upset by the incident, which took place on September 18.

Leonard, of Denmark Road, Lowestoft, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to threatening behaviour and was yesterday given a community sentence.

He was ordered to carry out 45 hours of unpaid work for this offence and given a further 20 hours for breaching a previous conditional discharge issued for shoplifting.

Mrs Griffiths said the row was over a television stand, which Leonard wanted to get back from his victim.

Calvin Saker, for Leonard, said he apologised for his actions, although there was provocation. He said his client claimed the child was in his mother's arms at the time of the incident.

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