Two Lakenheath airmen fined for assault that was caught on video
Stars and Stripes January 8, 2003
RAF MILDENHALL, England — Two airmen with the 48th Security Forces Squadron at RAF Lakenheath, England, were fined in Cambridge Crown Court on Friday for attacking a man in Cambridge in August.
Senior Airman Jessie Jackson, 22, and Airman 1st Class Jermaine Roberson, 20, were each fined 750 British pounds, about $1,200, according to a report in the Cambridge Evening News weekend edition. They had entered guilty pleas earlier to charges stemming from the assault.
Judge Jonathan Haworth did not give the two airmen jail time because it would have jeopardized their Air Force careers. He also ordered each to pay court costs of 150 pounds, about $240.
The two servicemembers were caught on closed circuit television chasing a man through the city center of Cambridge in August.
The man had evidently attacked one of their friends.
The court viewed footage of the pair, plus an unknown man, surrounding their victim before punching and kicking him, knocking him to the ground.
The victim did not press charges.
Master Sgt. Will Ackerman of the RAF Lakenheath public affairs office said Monday that no further action has been taken by the command, but the squadron commander has the right to administer additional punishment.
“As of yet, there has not been any further administrative action taken,” he said, adding that the case had only recently been heard in court.
“The commander will look into it, obviously,” he said.
The defense attorneys asked the judge to show leniency.
Roberson was described as a churchgoer who understood the error of his actions, while Jackson was said to possess “a positive, good character.”