Former MP Eric Joyce spared jail for attacking teens in Chalk Farm

Eric Joyce in police custody.

Eric Joyce in police custody. - Credit: Archant

Disgraced former MP Eric Joyce has avoided jail having been convicted of attacking two teenagers in an “unjustified and unprovoked” assault in a Camden shop.

The 54-year-old was handed a 10-week jail term suspended for two years and fined £1,080 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today for attacking two boys, aged 14 and 15, at News & Food Express in Chalk Farm Parade, Chalk Farm, on October 17 last year.

The former MP for Falkirk was also ordered to attend a rehabilitation programme which aims to reduce violent behaviour.

Joyce, of Chalcot Square, Primrose Hill, insisted at the trial earlier this month that he was performing a “citizen’s arrest” but the judge found him guilty of two counts of common assault.

Prosecutor Jonathan Swain told the court that it was an “unjustified and unprovoked assault on both boys”.

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Speaking after the hearing, Joyce said: “I think that is a fair outcome.

“In the end it was a 14-year-old boy and that is a shame and a cause of considerable remorse and I have to both pay the price and make sure I don’t do it again.”

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