A man has been given a 28 week custodial sentence after he assaulted a man in Maltings car park, Salisbury.

Trevor John, aged 46, of Eland Road, Croydon, was sentenced at Salisbury Magistrates Court today after being arrested on Saturday 3 February. 

On 30 January, an altercation took place between John and a man aged in his 30s in the car park. John then attempted to set fire to the man's sleeping bag before punching him to the head several times. 

John was later arrested by officers and charged with ABH. 

He pleaded guilty in court today and was sentenced to 18 weeks, plus a further 10 weeks for breach of a non molestation order when he was found at an address he was not permitted to be at. 

Inspector Pete Sparrow said: "John's actions were completely unacceptable - after attempting to set fire to a man's sleeping bag, he then punched him several times causing minor injuries which required hospital treatment. 

"Behaviour of this nature will not be tolerated in our city and I am satisfied that he has been given a custodial sentence which will hopefully give him time to reflect on his actions."

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