Former MP sentenced for assaulting two teenagers


A former MP has been spared jail after being found guilty of two counts of common assault after attacking a 14 and 15-year-old.

Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates Court today, after being convicted earlier this month.

The 54-year-old, of Chalcot Square, Camden was sentenced to ten weeks in prison, suspended for two years, 120 hours of unpaid work and is subject to a supervision order. He was also ordered to pay costs of £750, compensation to the victims totaling £250 and a victim surcharge of £80.

Joyce was charged on last December 16 with the assaults following the attack of the teenagers next to the drinks refrigerator of a shop in Camden on Friday, October 17.

On 1 May at Westminster Magistrates’ Court he was found guilty of both offences after the court heard that he threw the 14-year-old boy to the ground and held him by the throat.

Joyce then proceded to elbow and wind the boy’s friend as he tried to intervene.

Prosecutor Jonathan Swain told the trial that it was an ‘unjustified and unprovoked assault’.


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