Upton Park schoolboy assault sentencing postponed for second time

Michael Coe, 35, faces a "substantial" jail term for attacking the 16-year-old in Wilson Road, Upton

Michael Coe, 35, faces a "substantial" jail term for attacking the 16-year-old in Wilson Road, Upton Park - Credit: Archant

The sentencing of a man who punched a teenager in the street has been postponed due to a clerical mix-up.

Michael Coe was due to be sentenced for assault occasioning actual bodily harm at Southwark Crown Court this morning.

The 35-year-old had been convicted in August of knocking a schoolboy unconscious because the married father-of-two took exception to the 16-year-old cuddling his teenage girlfriend in the street.

Coe arrived in custody from Belmarsh prison to be sentenced for the assault, which took place in Wilson Road, Upton Park, in April.

But Judge Michael Gledhill QC agreed to delay the hearing until Wednesday, November 30 after a clerical mix-up meant reports were not ready.

He said he did so “with extreme reluctance”.

Coe, of Devenish Road, Greenwich, has a long record of violent offences starting when he was 16, including assaults, burglary, robbery and violent disorder.

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Also known as Mikaeel Ibrahim, he was radicalised in prison in 2007 and is a known associate of hate preacher Anjem Choudury.

Coe was initially due to be sentenced for the assault on Friday, October 21 but it was postponed after he refused to leave his cell.

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