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Lincoln man jailed after ‘repeatedly punching’ staff member at Lost Village festival

A Lincoln man who attacked a member of staff at the Lost Village festival was today (Thursday) jailed for two years and two months.

James Evans, 30, repeatedly punched Charles Bowen after he responded to an altercation between the defendant and a woman.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Bowen was working at the Lost Village festival between Lincoln and Newark - and remembered Evans getting "close to his face."

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court

Evans was heard to say "It's nothing to do with you," and then punched Mr Bowen to the face.

Mr Evans remembered being struck a further six times on the floor and suffered two fractured cheekbones - one which required surgery.

One witness shouted out "you’re going to kill him," the court was told. Following the attack Evans was seen to smile and walk off to the toilet.

James Evans. Photo: Lincolnshire Police
James Evans. Photo: Lincolnshire Police

In a victim impact statement Mr Bowen said he would be afraid to go to the help of someone in a similar situation as he now suffers from anxiety in crowds.

Mr Bowen added that he was not employed as security at the festival and had only been acting as a "good citizen."

Evans, of Witham Close, Lincoln, admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to Mr Bowen on 27 August 2022.

Leanne Summers, defending, said Mr Evans had indicated his guilt right from the start which was unusual for an offence of such seriousness.

Miss Summers told the court Evans had got into a difficulty with a friend of his ex-partner and was drinking alot at that time in his life.

The court heard Evans only recalled hitting Mr Bowen three times after the initial blow rather than the six described by Mr Bowen.

"It is clear there is genuine remorse," Miss Summers added. "He informs me he was suffering badly with depression at that time.

"His life is now very different. He is in work and lives with his mother.

"He is also the carer for his mother who has Multiple Sclerosis."

Miss Summers argued Evans could be dealt with by a community sentence.

"The Probation Service clearly feel Mr Evans can be managed in the community," Miss Summers said.

Passing sentence Judge James House KC praised Mr Bowen who had gone to deal with the situation along with a colleague despite not being employed as a member of the security staff.

Judge House said he accepted the assault was not prolonged and there had been unacceptable delays in the police investigation.

"The reality is that during that delay the defendant has changed his ways," Judge House added.

"But this court must punish him for what he did then."

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