A young soldier has been given the chance to continue his army career despite being convicted of assaulting a woman.
Jack Naylor, 20, of Cambridge Street, Todmorden, was described in references as having “the makings of a promising young soldier”, but Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that he had assaulted the woman on two occasions and made threats during a later offence of affray.
Naylor, who had no previous convictions, was sentenced to a 24-month community order and told to perform 99 hours unpaid work.
Judge Peter Benson also made Naylor subject to an indefinite restraining order which prevents him from making direct contact with the woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The judge said the sentencing guidelines suggested that he should send Naylor to prison straight away, but his positive good character and the fact that he had not committed any further offences meant he could take a different course.
Judge Benson said he felt it was unlikely that Naylor would offend again so he was prepared to give him the opportunity to continue to serve his country.