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Footballer convicted of 'nasty' assault was tracked down after CCTV recorded his phone number on napkin given to barmaid

Kieran Roberts was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court
Kieran Roberts was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court

A CHRISTCHURCH man convicted of a “nasty” assault in a row over a taxi was tracked down after CCTV captured his details on a napkin he gave to a barmaid, police revealed.

Kieran Roberts, of Hurn Road, was given a 10-month jail sentence suspended for 15 months for the attack in Bournemouth.

He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, hand over £1,000 compensation to victim Luke Chandler, and pay £149 court costs.

Roberts pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm at Bournemouth Crown Court in relation to an incident at around 3am on 22nd September last year, during which he punched Mr Chandler after a row over a taxi.

Speaking after the hearing, DC Thomas Norman, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a nasty assault that left the victim with significant facial injuries.

“At the time of the incident we did not know who the suspect was and we launched a full investigation to try and identify them.

“Our enquiries included an extensive trawl of CCTV footage and through this we were able to track down the offender to a bar in Old Christchurch Road, which he was seen leaving shortly before the assault.

“We were then able to review the CCTV footage from inside that premises and the offender could be seen passing something to a member of staff.

“Following further enquiries, we were able to establish that this was a napkin with the defendant’s telephone number and social media details on and through this we were able to identify him.”

DC Norman added: “I would like to thank all those involved in this investigation, including members of the public and businesses who co-operated with our enquiries.”

Roberts (24) is a local footballer who previously turned out for Weymouth. More recently he has played for Portsmouth-based Moneyfields, which did not respond to requests for comment from the A&T.

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