A FATHER has admitted assaulting a man in an unprovoked attack at Nailsworth Bus Station.

William Goldie, 27, of Dudbridge Meadows, Stroud, appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and was given a 12 week suspended sentence for 12 months.

The conditions of the sentence are that he commits no further offences, engages with a probation worker for 15 days and completes 60 hours of unpaid work for the benefit of the community.

Goldie pleaded guilty to assaulting a man on November 23 last year at Nailsworth Bus Station.

He used threatening words to provoke fear of violence and caused criminal damage to the police van when he was later arrested.

His lawyer, Sam Stevens, told the Court that Goldie has “severe anxiety, and there is a background of a relationship breakdown. He has not touched a drop of alcohol since that day. He is apologetic and remorseful.”

The Chair of the bench told Goldie when passing sentence “This is past the custody threshold. It was a nasty attack. It is in your gift now. If you want to stay out of custody and see your son: take this chance.”

As well as the suspended prison sentence, Goldie was ordered to pay £202.83 in compensation and £50 towards the cost of the court hearing.