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Good Samaritan Luke Roscoe attacked by Christopher Boxall on the A2 roadside near Shepherdswell, Dover

By Sam Lennon

A man who took a beating to save a woman being battered in broad daylight by her abusive partner has urged others to do the same as him.

Good Samaritan Luke Roscoe was repeatedly whacked in the face by Christopher Boxall when he tried to intervene in the attack on the side of the A2 near Shepherswell, Dover.

The thug had been kicking and punching his own girlfriend at a roadside and has since been jailed.

Shepherdswell junction area of the A2. Picture: Paul Amos
Shepherdswell junction area of the A2. Picture: Paul Amos

Mr Roscoe says anybody coming across such a scene should follow his actions or call the police if they are too afraid to intervene.

He told KentOnline: "I was disappointed that so many others drove past what was going on.

"I can't demand people intervene like I did because they don't want to put themselves at such personal risk.

"But they should do something, at least call the police.

"If they are going to intervene they should contact the police before that.

"My one regret is that I didn't do that. I even walked to the scene without my phone."

Mr Roscoe, 26, confronted Boxall when he was beating the woman in broad daylight on the side of the A2 near Shepherswell.

They had argued as she drove a car back in May and she pulled up when he began to bite and punch her.

He then launched his full assault outside the car.

Christopher Boxall. Picture: Kent Police
Christopher Boxall. Picture: Kent Police

Mr Roscoe was driving in the area at the time.

He explained: "I first saw a black car by the side of the road and thought that in itself was unusual. I decided to have a glance and saw one person curled up on the ground and another going full chimp on them.

"I couldn't yet tell that it was a man attacking a woman.

"I stopped my car, got out and said; 'What's going on?'

"The attacker decided that I wanted to fight him and he punched me in the face.

"I told him I didn't want to fight but he pummelled me in the face."

Mr Roscoe did not to hit back but was able to dodge several blows.

"I told him I didn't want to fight but he pummelled me in the face..." - Luke Roscoe

Still not wanting to hurt Boxall he grabbed him by his knees and gently pushed him back so that he fell over.

Mr Roscoe had ended up going down with him in the grapple and Boxall kept punching him as they were both on he ground.

By this time two middle aged men and a woman also stopped to intervene and were able to prise Boxall and Mr Roscoe apart

Mr Roscoe said; "Boxall decided that one of the other men also wanted to fight and he said: 'Right, fisticuffs.'

"It was the first time I had heard that word being used without irony."

Boxall pushed away that man and the police then arrived, stopping all the violence by restraining him.

Mr Roscoe was not badly hurt but suffered a swollen jaw.

Luke Roscoe tried to stop a woman taking a roadside beating. Picture: Paul Amos
Luke Roscoe tried to stop a woman taking a roadside beating. Picture: Paul Amos

He said: "The police thought I was bleeding because I had blood on my face. But it was the woman victim's blood that had been transferred to me through Boxall's fists.

"I don't think I was brave, I just felt the attack had to be stopped."

Mr Roscoe, a single man, lives in Cambridgeshire but had been in the Dover area at the time while on at teacher training placement at Dover Christ Church Academy.

He explains he has been assaulted before during his time teacher training in East Anglia.

Boxall was only charged with the lesser offence of assault by beating for attacking his girlfriend and the two men.

The judge questioned this and was only able to pass a lower sentence, adding up to 25 months.

Mr Roscoe said: "I was never sure that the correct charges were brought and the sentence ended up too low.

"The police thought I was bleeding because I had blood on my face. But it was the woman victim's blood that had been transferred to me through Boxall's fists..." - Luke Roscoe

"That guy probably needs serious help and I'm not sure if just two years is going to rehabilitate him.

"I think he would bully people regardless of their sex."

Christopher Boxall, 37, of Newman Road, Aylesham, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on August 23.

Mr Roscoe had recently revisited the KentOnline story and decided to speak out now.

The court had heard that Boxall had tried to bite his girlfriend as she drove along the A2.

He punched her several times and put his fist through the windscreen as he sat in the front passenger seat.

The victim pulled over near Shepherdswell on the Londonbound carriageway where Boxhall then dragged her out of the car and threw her into stinging nettles.

He repeatedly punched and kicked her in the head.

When police arrived he headbutted one officer.

Boxhall was taken into custody and later pleaded guilty to three counts of assault by beating, two counts of criminal damage, assault of a constable, obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty, and harassment - breach of a restraining order.

He was sentenced to two years and one month in prison and ordered to stay away from his ex-girlfriends for five years.

Investigating officer, PC Adele Tyrer, said after the court hearing: "Boxhall has demonstrated that he is a very violent man, unable to control himself. He carried out this attack in full view of the public and at no point showed any remorse for what he’d done.

"The victim was driving on a very busy road when he took his temper out on her and he could have caused a serious accident, especially when he smashed the windscreen of the car.

"As well as her injuries, which included cuts and bruises, he hurt members of the public too who were just trying to help.

"Thankfully he will now serve time in prison for his actions."

The judge demanded to know why Boxall was only charged with minor assault.

This would mean up to six months' jail for each person attacked and prevented an investigation into the danger he posed.

Judge James O'Mahony criticised the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision to bring lesser charges as "insane".

He said: "The charges were woefully inadequate and that is probably one of the most extraordinary decisions I have ever heard of in a long time."

He asked for a letter from the CPS in Kent to explain the decision.

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