Here are the latest court stories that have featured in the Stroud News and Journal, Gazette Series or Wilts and Glos Standard over the past few days.

Nailsworth assault

A Nailsworth man who beat a woman in Stroud was discharged conditionally.

Andrew Thomas, 33, of Bridge Street, Nailsworth, pleaded guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates Court to assaulting the woman on July, 17, 2020 and was discharged conditionally for 12 months.

This means he will be released and his offence will be registered on his criminal record, but no further will be action taken unless he commits a further offence within this period.

Full story: Nailsworth man who assaulted woman in Stroud is released

Pub attack

A Malmesbury man who felled another with a single blow was described by a judge as having experienced a "momentary lapse of judgement”.

Recorder Roger Harris suspended Rory Curran’s 18-month prison sentence for two years, telling the 33-year-old: “This is a case in which there is strong personal mitigation. It was, I accept, a very significant but a momentary lapse of judgement and you are suitably regretful and remorseful.”

Prosecutor Susan Cavender told Swindon Crown Court the attack happened at The Kings Arms, Malmesbury, shortly before midnight on December 20, 2019.

Full story: Man who glassed victim in pub experienced 'momentary lapse of judgement', says judge

Frenchman cleared

A 30-year-old Frenchman convicted of damaging a Cirencester taxi driver's cab has been cleared by an appeal court judge who ruled the case had taken far too long to bring to court.

At Cheltenham Magistrates Court last August, Roman Esteban, of Adelaide Square, Windsor, was found guilty of damaging the bonnet and interior lighter of an Audi A6 in Cirencester on July 12, 2018.

But Mr Esteban appealed against the conviction to Gloucester Crown Court, sitting in Cirencester on January 28, and was successful.

Full story: Man, 30, charged with damaging Audi A6 in Cirencester cleared on appeal