Guilfest attacker James Wallington jailed

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By mattcollison | Friday, December 14, 2012, 15:43

A MOTORIST who launched a violent attack on a dad who had asked him to allow his family to cross the road has been jailed. 

Peter Hart, 40, was head butted and punched to the ground in front of his wife and 16-month-old boy in Kings Road, Guildford, as they left Guilfest on July 13.

James Alexander Wallington, of Great Goodwin Drive, Bushy Hill, Guildford was jailed for three and a half years today (December 14) after admitting grievous bodily harm on Mr Hart, who was left with a serious head injury.

Mr Hart had gone to to cross the road and gestured to a vehicle to stop in order that his family could reach the other side. The car stopped and Wallington got out and assaulted him.

The dad was in a critical condition in hospital and has spent months recovering from the terrifying ordeal.

Detective Constable Dave Platt said: "This was a horrific unprovoked attack on a local man who was just trying to ensure he and his family could cross a road safely. 

"The sentencing today reflects the severity of this attack and I hope it goes some way to enabling the victim to move on with his life. He has suffered considerably, both physically and emotionally as a result of the brutal encounter and it is a testament to him that he has been able to help officers with the investigation. 

"I would also like to thank members of the public who came forward with invaluable information following our appeals for help."

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