Man jailed for attack on Lowestoft seafront


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A man has been jailed for seven years after an attack on Lowestoft seafront which left a man with a fractured jaw and eye socket.

Simon Benstock, 27, of Pakefield Street in Lowestoft

Simon Benstock, 27, of Pakefield Street in Lowestoft - Credit: Archant

Simon Benstock, of Pakefield Street, Lowestoft, was sentenced for wounding and GBH, which left a 56-year-old man with facial fractures, considerable bruising and swelling, when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court on Friday.

The incident happened on Wellington Esplanade at around 10.20pm on Wednesday, July 1 when the victim, who was walking along near the Claremont Pier, was confronted by Benstock, who was known to him.

Benstock punched the 56-year-old in the face, knocking him out. The victim fell to the ground where he was repeatedly kicked in the head.

When Benstock was arrested by detectives he gave a ‘no comment’ interview, but with the victims’ account and evidence that had been gathered by officers he was charged and made his first court appearance in September.

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He pleaded guilty and appeared at court on Friday for sentencing where he was jailed for seven years.

Officer in the case DC Lee Millard said; “With the witnesses evidence we were able to secure a conviction for what was a vicious attack on a 56-year-old man.

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“We’d like to thank all those who took the time to give us statements in this case.

“We are pleased with the sentence, which reflect the level of violence involved and the serious nature of the injuries sustained by the victim.”

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