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Men assaulted man and wife as they walked home from supermarket

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Delay in a court case helped two men who attacked a married couple to avoid immediate jail.

Thomas Sales and Gioacchino Noto turned on Adrian Moore when he was on a shopping trip with his wife.

Bristol Crown Court heard after Sales pushed Noto into Mr Moore, Mr Moore told Noto to watch where he was going.

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With that the Moores were followed and were attacked, Mr Moore sustaining a broken collar bone.

Sales, 20, of Old Manor Close, Charfield, and Noto, 21, of Jobbins Close in Chipping Sodbury, both pleaded guilty to affray after the assault in May last year.

The court heard the men were arrested two days after the incident but, for reasons unclear, were not charged until 14 months after.

Judge Michael Longman said the delay was “sadly not exceptional, but not acceptable.”

He told the pair: “Adrian and Eleanor Moore were both victims of your violent and thuggish behaviour.

“You followed them, attacked them and humiliated them.

“You took pleasure in humiliating Mr Moore in front of his wife.”

The judge conceded, though, that in the considerable delay before sentence the defendants had made significant changes in their lives, restored their relationships with family and found regular work.

He handed Noto 14 months jail, suspended for two years.

He handed Sales, who was in breach of a suspended sentence, 18 months suspended for two years.

Both men were made the subject of curfews in which they must stay at home on electronic tag from 8pm to 6am.

Both were ordered to pay £500 compensation.

Rhianna Fricker, prosecuting, said the Moores had left Waitrose in Chipping Sodbury at 6.40pm and were on Frome Valley Walkway when they had to pass through a group of seven to eight young men and women.

The court heard Sales pushed Noto into Mr Moore, and Mr Moore pushed the man away, telling him to be careful.

As the couple walked on someone asked Mr Moore if he wanted a fight, the court heard.

When the couple arrived at a park, Mr Moore called the 101 line to report the abuse as the group of young people followed them.

Miss Fricker said: “Noto pulled the shopping bag off Mr Moore and the shopping bag fell to the ground and the contents fell to the ground.

“Both defendants were stamping on the shopping, which was food.

“Noto shouted at Mr Moore that he had been humiliated,

“Noto pushed Mr Moore to the chest, both defendants grabbed at his T-shirt and Mr Moore fell to the ground.

“Both defendants kicked his head and chest as he lay in the fetal position.”

The court heard Mrs Moore picked up a container of coconut milk and hit Noto in the head, before he punched her.

Mr Moore was able to get to his knees and punch Noto, before being pulled back down.

When Mr Moore made a 999 call the group left the scene.

Noto left his phone behind and Mr Moore handed it to police; later Noto reported to police his mobile had been stolen.

Mr Moore sustained a broken collar bone, multiple bruises and a swollen jaw and split gum.

Matthew Jackson, defending Noto, said his construction worker client accepted his responsibility in the incident and would be able to pay compensation

Mr Jackson said: “He is now in a fundamentally different position than where he was.

“He has a settled relationship, settled employment and settled accommodation.”

Robyn Rowland, defending Sales, said his client had separated from friends and a “toxic” relationship and had landed an apprenticeship.

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