Man who attacked judge given five month jail sentence
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The judge who presided over Petra Ecclestone’s divorce had only popped out of court to get a sandwich, but ended up sprawling on the ground, the victim of assault by an aggrieved litigant.
To add insult to injury, as Judge Robin Tolson, QC, lay on the pavement, his attacker, Kevin Robinson, rolled a cigarette and told him gloatingly: “Finally I’ll get a new judge then.”
Robinson, 44, a construction project leader, has been jailed for five months for the assault, which left the circuit judge with scratches and bruises. Judge Tolson described the incident as something that “goes with the territory” of his job and said that the assault was bit like a “rugby tackle you didn’t see coming”.
His assailant, of Tetbury, Gloucestershire, had sprinted across the road colliding with him and knocking him against a shop front and then to the floor.
Judge Tolson had been presiding over Robinson’s case for years before the assault outside the Central Family Court, London, on October 16.
Robinson claimed that he did not intent to barge into the judge but was found guilty of assault by beating at Highbury Corner magistrates’ court, London, and sentenced to 20 weeks.
Asked in evidence about the impact of the attack, the judge said: “It’s a long time since I played rugby. It had felt like an unexpected rugby tackle that you didn’t see coming.”