The sister of a football violence yob who hurled abuse at the wife of the man he viciously attacked should have been jailed, according to readers.
Beloved Cambridge United supporter Simon Dobbin, from Mildenhall, was left permanently brain damaged after a 90-second football violence assault in March 2015.
But when his attackers were jailed in July 2017, his wife Nicole was subjected to a tirade of abuse outside Basildon Magistrates' Court.
Yesterday (February 8), Leanne Nicholls – the sister of Scott Nicholls, of Little Spenders, Basildon, who was jailed for three and a half years for violent disorder – was spared jail for using threatening behaviour against Nicole.
The 39-year-old had her six-week sentence suspended for 12 months.
She told Nicole she was the one who had been left with a life sentence in the tirade of abuse.
The prosecution claimed that Nicholls also told Nicole "at least we’ll get our men back, you’ll never get your f**king husband back" – but her defence lawyer Jo Barham said someone else had made the comment.
Speaking to the News after the sentencing , Nicole said she couldn't believe Leanne Nicholls had escaped prison.
She added: "I know for a fact that no amount of time can ever make Simon any better than he is, but I don’t need someone whose brother is part of the reason why he’s that way telling me that.”
News’ readers also agreed with Nicole, saying they thought Leanne Nicholls should have been put behind bars.
'She should have gone down'
Commenting on the News’ website, 'retiredofficer' wrote: “An awful person saying awful things, streetwise enough to know she will be before the courts – so went and did the apologetic bits to mitigate in front of a soft bench.
“She should have gone down.”
Commenter 'funkyjunky' questioned why, if Nicholls already had a suspended sentence, she didn’t go to jail.
They added: “I thought that was the whole point of suspended sentences, suspended as long as you don't reoffend, which is exactly what she did.”
Commenter 'secretagentman' questioned when the courts would learn, asking how many chances must be ignored before imposing a punishment on these people who “constantly stick two fingers up at the law and decent law abiding citizens”.
On the News' Facebook page, John Carol Williams said Nicholls being given a suspended sentence was ‘unbelievable’, while Richard De Souza said she was ‘vile’.
Beryl Spencer wrote: “Wicked and evil, we are too soft these days.”
Police believe there may still be men who have not been charged in relation to the assault – with senior investigating officer DCI Martin Pasmore urging anyone who can help bring the attackers to justice to come forward .
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