Father’s ill baby forces re-sentencing

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HOLBEACH dad William Gaskin was re-sentenced for assault after Spalding magistrates heard he cannot complete an 80-hour work order because he is helping to care for his baby girl who has two holes in her heart.

Probation officer Chris Payne said Gaskin (35), of Rose View Drive, failed to attend on three occasions without reasonable excuse, but in September his wife gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl.

He said the boy is healthy but the girl has significant health problems.

Mr Payne said Gaskin had completed 36 and one quarter hours of the order and asked magistrates to revoke it and re-sentence for an assault which took place in December 2010 after Gaskin and another picked on a man in a Spalding pub car park and demanded a lift to Holbeach.

The driver refused several times but Gaskin and the other man climbed into his car.

After dropping off the second man, the driver told Gaskin he was going to drive straight to Spalding Police Station.

Mr Payne said the driver stopped at a garage and Gaskin punched him in the face.

Gaskin then dragged the driver out of the car and punched him again.

Magistrates on Tuesday re-sentenced Gaskin, revoking the community order with the unpaid work requirement and imposing a fine of £585 with a £15 victim surcharge.

Solicitor David Eager, mitigating, said Gaskin is in an untenable position because his little girl has two holes in her heart and problems with her soft palate. She has had operations and will need more surgery.