The son of Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock has been sentenced for punching and head-butting a press photographer outside the family home in January this year.
The MP for Portsmouth South was making headlines at the time as he was being sued in the High Court by a "vulnerable" female constituent who alleged that he sexually assaulted her. The 68-year-old, who has since settled the court action, had just been suspended from the Liberal Democrat Party.
District Judge Anne Arnold described the attack, which happened outside the Hancock family home in Rockingham Way, Portchester, Fareham, Hampshire, on 23rd January this year as a "red mist situation".
She sentenced Dean Hancock to a 12-month community order comprising of 200 hours unpaid work and ordered that he pay a total of £2,951.20 in compensation and court costs.
Dean Hancock, son of Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock, has been ordered to pay £2,000 in compensation for head-butting and punching a press photographer outside the family home. He has also been ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Portsmouth Magistrates Court was told Dean Hancock had expressed regret at his "loss of control" and accepted that he was the more aggressive party when he attacked Steve Reigate of the Daily Express with "tremendous force".
The 38-year-old unemployed pipe-fitter was found guilty of causing the photographer actual bodily harm and criminal damage to a camera lens and flashgun belonging to Mr Reigate.
Nick Clegg has called on disgraced Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock to resign from the Lib Dems. He was speaking on his weekly phone-in show "Call Clegg" on LBC
A disciplinary investigation into MP Mike Hancock, which was put on hold pending the outcome of today's civil case, will now be re-started, a Liberal Democrat spokesman has said.
His membership of the party has already been suspended.
MP Mike Hancock has apologised for giving the impression that one of his constituents had sued him in order to try to make financial gain.
The Portsmouth MP had issued statements on his website saying that his constituent had been trying to "sue me for money", but has now acknowledged this was not the case.
He also apologised for not doing more to resolve the dispute with the woman more quickly.
MP Mike Hancock has issued a lengthy apology to the woman who alleged that he sexually assaulted her, acknowledging that his behaviour had been "inappropriate and unprofessional".
The apology forms part of a settlement agreement after the constituent, who has remained anonymous, brought a civil case against Mr Hancock.
Portsmouth City councillor Mike Hancock has quit his cabinet position in the Liberal Democrat led authority.
It comes hours before a meeting this evening that was due to see the Lib-Dem group vote on whether the councillor should keep his position.
Tonight's meeting will now decide who will take up the position.
The son of a Portsmouth MP has been charged with assault.
The alleged attack happened outside the home of Mike Hancock, who's been suspended from the Lib Dem party over harassment allegations, which he denies.
Dean Hancock, who is 37-years-old and from Fareham, has been bailed to appear at Fareham Magistrates court next month.
A man has been arrested after clashing with a member of the press outside the home of the Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock. The photographer was left with a bloody nose after the incident today, in an altercation with Mr Hancock's 37- year-old son.
The politician was suspended from the Liberal Democrat party last night after a leaked report into alleged sexual impropriety with a female constituent. He denies any wrong-doing.
Mr Hancock remains a city councillor - and an independent MP. Sally Simmonds reports.
Portsmouth City Council’s has postponed a decision on whether MP Mike Hancock breached its code of conduct over an alleged sexual assault on a woman.
The delay is as a result of concern over inconsistent decisions relating to the case by the council and the High Court who is also investigating the case.
The council received legal advice that the sub-committee, who are investigating the case, had no powers to compel witnesses to provide statements or give evidence under oath unlike the High Court.