Man jailed for two assaults in Weymouth

A man has been jailed for two assaults involving the same victim in Weymouth.

Wayne Lee Lewis, aged 43 and of St Thomas Street in Weymouth, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Wednesday 15 May 2019 after admitting offences of grievous bodily harm and assault by beating.

He also admitted breaching a suspended prison sentence order imposed in November 2017. He was sentenced to a total of 26 months in prison.

At around 12.45pm on Friday 30 November 2018 the victim, a local man aged in his 30s, was on The Esplanade talking to friends when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his right cheek. He turned and saw the defendant, who was known to the victim.

His friends described seeing Lewis walk round the back of his victim and hit him in his mouth.

The victim contacted police and headed home. The following morning he went to Dorset County Hospital and an X-ray confirmed he had a fracture to his jaw, which required further treatment at Poole Hospital.

His final appointment at the hospital was on Thursday 20 December 2018 and later that day, at around 4.50pm, the victim was in Queen Street in Weymouth waiting to meet a friend.

He was looking at his mobile phone and suddenly noticed someone standing in front of him. It was the defendant, who without warning punched him straight to the right side of his face.

As he walked off, Lewis told his victim: “You’ll get that every time I see you.”

The victim did not require any immediate medical attention following the second assault.

At the sentencing hearing Lewis was also made subject to a restraining order preventing him from contacting the victim, with the order in place for five years.

Detective Constable Tracey Cambridge, of Weymouth CID, said: “This victim was targeted twice by Wayne Lewis, the second occasion coming on the day he had been discharged from hospital in relation to a nasty injury sustained in the first assault.

“We do not tolerate this kind of violent offending and will do all we can to ensure those responsible are identified and brought before the courts.”