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Teenager locked up after assault on Norwegian air force officer in Lincoln

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: October 19, 2012

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A NAVENBY teenager who carried out a vicious and unprovoked attack on a Norwegian air force officer who was visiting Lincoln has been sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institution.

Aaron Riley, 19, was caught on CCTV as he punched and kicked helpless Andreas Johansen during a two minute attack on Lincoln High Street.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Johansen suffered injuries including a bloody nose and was left "shocked and appalled" by the experience.

The court was told Mr Johansen had been socialising with a friend in the city and was returning to his hotel at around 2am when Riley launched his attack.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said: "Mr Johansen was walking towards the Stonebow when he felt a sharp blow to the face come out of know where.

"That was the last thing he recalled until a police officer approached him and noticed his bloody nose."

CCTV footage from north of the Stonebow showed Riley punching Mr Johansen to the ground, and then aiming further blows, kicks and stamps to his body.

Mr Scott added: "There were numerous kicks and stamps, and around 20 punches."

Mr Johansen suffered a bloody nose, sore jaw, back pain and headaches but did not seek medical attention until he returned to Norway. In a victim impact statement which was read out in court, Mr Johansenn, who serves with the Royal Norwegian Air Force, said he did nothing to provoke the attack.

Mr Johansen said: "I am a professional person. I am appalled at the behaviour of the other male and did not expect it to happen in Lincoln."

In mitigation the court was told Riley helped to look after his elderly grandmother and was a hardworking apprentice mechanic.

Riley, of Addison Close, Navenby, admitted a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm on May 23, this year.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath said it was miracle that Mr Johansen did not suffer more serious injuries.

Judge Heath told Riley: "Mr Johansen was over here on business and making his way back to his hotel, acting peaceably.

"He found himself on the High Street just after 2am and was then subjected by you to a vicious, sustained and entirely unprovoked attack."

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  • Adrian1208  |  October 20 2012, 11:46PM

    What a nasty piece of work this person is, he more than likely thinks he's a hard man, the man's a coward.. This piece of c""p must have given our City a terrible mark on the map for tourism back in Norway. I hope this man has a bad time in custody

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 20 2012, 5:18PM

    I wonder if he was claiming carer's allowance for looking after his grandmother? Have social services considered her safety while Mr Riley has been awaiting trial?

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  • peterke  |  October 19 2012, 3:12PM

    English justice at its softest, until we have hard punishment crime will not go down. I suggest Judge Heath looks at the fact that there are hundreds of under 19 year olds fighting and dying for Britain in Afghanistan they are classed as adults so why did this moron get punished as a youth.

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  • VictorToo  |  October 19 2012, 1:47PM

    "In mitigation the court was told Riley helped to look after his elderly grandmother and was a hardworking apprentice mechanic." What's that got to do with anything, he's a vicious thug who attacked someone for no reason and continued the assault when the other person was on the ground and unable to defend himself. I won't say here what I think he really deserves, but it isn't 12 months. Anyway, if he's 19, surely he's an adult, why's he going to a young offenders instituition ?

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  • Roadscource  |  October 19 2012, 12:30PM

    "In mitigation the court was told Riley helped to look after his elderly grandmother" Oh well he should be able to kick the c**p out of anyone he likes then !

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  • mrpdoff  |  October 19 2012, 9:34AM

    Another t****r off our streets.

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