A PERSISTENT offender was praised for ‘turning his life around’ when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday.
Stephen Iliffe, 38, was given a 12 month conditional discharge for breach of an ASBO and ABH after punching his ex-girlfriend’s new partner in Ilkeston Market Place last year.
Iliffe, of Barker Gate, Ilkeston, appeared in court for sentencing in March but it was deferred after his defence team told the court that he was receiving help for an alcohol problem and planned to start college.
Justin Wigoder, prosecuting, explained that Iliffe saw former partner Sasha Scott with Lee Hillier in the town centre and began following them and shouting abuse in the early hours of September 5 last year.
They ignored him until he was very close by and Mr Hillier tried to usher Iliffe away.
Iliffe then hit Mr Hillier in the face leaving him with a black eye and broken nose.
The incident was captured on CCTV and Iliffe was arrested by police shortly afterwards.
Mr Wigoder told the court: “There are a large number of offences on Mr Iliffe’s record, of which ten are violent.”
But Iliffe’s lawyer, Martin Elwick, told Judge Jeremy Lea that since the March hearing his client had turned his life around and made big improvements.
After the earlier hearing, a recommendation that Iliffe be given a conditional discharge if he did not reoffend and continued his rehabilitation was made.
Judge Lea said he did not have to take the recommended action but felt that it was appropriate in this case.
He handed Iliffe a 12 month conditional discharge and said: “It seems Mr Iliffe that you have turned your life around. You’ve done very well, that is apparent from a report that I have seen.
“At one stage you were at risk of going into custody.
“Keep out of trouble and you will hear no more about this.”