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Man sentenced for punching flower seller - Clapham

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A man who stole an orchid from a flower seller at Clapham Junction and then viciously attacked him has been sentenced.

Paul Rogers, aged 29, of Barset Road, Southwark, London, pleaded guilty  to one count of common assault and one count of theft at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 16 February.

He was sentenced at City of London Magistrates’ Court on 25 April to eight weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £1516 compensation.

On 17 October 2016, Rogers walked past a flower stall at Clapham Junction station and took an orchid without paying for it. When the flower seller asked what he was doing, Rogers punched him repeatedly in the head.

Two off-duty Metropolitan Police officers were walking through the station and intervened. Rogers was then arrested by uniformed officers who arrived at the scene shortly afterwards.

The victim required hospital treatment and sustained injuries to his eye.

Investigating officer, Det Con Christopher Smethem, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a flower stall owner who Rogers had stolen from. Violence will not be tolerated by BTP and I am pleased that Rogers has been sentenced for this crime, and hopefully it will deter him from acting in such an aggressive and unacceptable manner in future.”

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