A WEYMOUTH man was sentenced to seven years behind bars for two unprovoked attacks in the town last year.
Saul Samuel Randall, 23, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday April 22 to seven years in prison for offenses of causing grievous bodily harm, brawling and assault by beating, as well as a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm relating to two separate unprovoked attacks in the city three months apart.
He will also have to serve an extended license period of an additional two years.
The first incident occurred around 7:30 a.m. on Monday, July 5, when the victim came into contact with Randall while he was in the city center and was the victim of an unprovoked violent assault that left him left unresponsive on the sidewalk.
The second incident happened around 3am on Wednesday October 6 after a group of people returned to an address in the city after a night out.
It was reported that during the evening, Randall became aggressive, picked up a dumbbell and began throwing the extremity weights around the lounge, hitting a woman who was present.
He then approached the woman and hit her on the forehead with the metal barbell bar, causing a laceration. The accused also headbutted the victim.
In addition to the cut on her forehead, she suffered a cut on her lip, a swollen right cheek and pain in her ribs.
Another woman was also assaulted by the accused at the address, resulting in swelling of her forehead.
The police were called and following inquiries by officers, Randall was arrested later the same day.
Detective Sergeant Claire Lloyd, of Weymouth CID, said: ‘These were both unprovoked and exceptionally violent assaults by Saul Randall which left his particular female victim with a facial injury important that will remain present for the rest of his life.
“Randall and his female victim did not know each other and prior to this attack she and her friends had enjoyed the evening, which followed a particularly stressful medical episode in her life.
“Dorset Police will not tolerate violence against anyone. Violence against women is especially heinous and this sentence reflects justice and community feelings towards this type of violent criminal behavior.
“I am pleased that we were able to quickly apprehend the defendant following this incident and that our subsequent investigation ensured that he was brought to trial and held accountable for his actions.
“It takes a lot of courage to report issues like this to the police and trust the system to help you when you need it most. I am glad we were able to provide this assistance to the victim and have given her some form of closure so she can move forward with repairing the damage Randall caused on that fateful night in October latest.