Red Dwarf star sentenced for binman attack

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Red Dwarf star Danny John-Jules was today ordered to carry out 120 hours community service for assaulting two refuse collectors.

The 48-year-old actor, who starred as Cat in the BBC sitcom, had been found guilty at an earlier hearing of attacking the father and son team.

District Judge Margot Coleman told John-Jules at Brent Magistrates' Court, north west London: "This was an ugly incident. The offences are aggravated because these were two men who were carrying out their employment, and they are entitled to be able to do that without fear of being assaulted by anybody."

The judge ordered him to pay £350 towards costs and £75 compensation to each victim Jan and Jaroslaw Lisiecki.

John-Jules' lawyer, Laurence Kench, told the court the actor did not accept the earlier verdicts and John-Jules told reporters afterwards: "My conscience is clear."