Plymouth heroin thug attacked a woman during a drug deal

A thug has been jailed for attacking a woman during a drug deal.

Heroin user Ashley Woodman, aged 38, pushed her in Devonport, a court heard.

He was arrested in a big police operation later that day.

He was originally charged with attempted robbery, but that count was dropped at Plymouth Crown Court today.

Jailing him for two months, Judge James Townsend told him: “You have pleaded guilty to common assault. It was unpleasant because it was at night.

“You have a substantial list of convictions for previous offences of violence.”

Woodman, of no fixed address, was due to be released as he has already served more than half his sentence on remand.

Ashley Woodman was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery but the charge was later dropped
(Image: Matt Gilley/PlymouthLive)

He attacked the woman in Granby Place, Devonport, on December 8.

Woodman was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery at about 5pm that day in Warren Street in nearby Morice Town.

A large number of officers in cars and a van took part in the operation.

Michael Brown, for the Crown Prosecution Service, formally offered no evidence on the attempted robbery charge.

Ali Rafati, for Woodman, said that he had gone to buy some heroin from the woman.

But he added that a row broke out when he was short-changed.

The barrister said that the woman had shoulder charged his client and said she did not go to the floor.

Plymouth Live