Vandal jailed after assaulting woman and smashing up Baldock hotel room

St Albans Magistrates Court, where the case was heard.

St Albans Magistrates Court, where the case was heard. - Credit: Archant

A violent hotel guest has been jailed after he admitted assaulting a woman and smashing up a room in Baldock town centre.

Peter Walsh, of Mons Avenue in Baldock, was handed a 10-week prison sentence when he appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Magistrates heard that the 31-year-old beat a woman and damaged her tablet computer in a room at the Templars Hotel in the High Street on July 1.

He also damaged a mirror and a picture belonging to the hotel.

Walsh, who was already serving a community sentence imposed in March for a driving offence, pleaded guilty having previously indicated a not guilty plea. He also admitted breaching his community order.

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Walsh was given eight weeks behind bars for the offences committed at the hotel, and two weeks for the driving offence.

He has also been ordered to pay £700, including £100 compensation to the hotel, £400 to his victim, a £115 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.

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