Photographer sentenced for Mills assault


LONDON -- A photographer convicted of assaulting Heather Mills was sentenced Thursday to 140 hours of community service.

Jay Kaycappa was one of a group of photographers who pursued Mills, the estranged wife of Paul McCartney, as she cycled through Brighton, in southern England, in July 2006.

Mills has said she ducked into an underground passage to avoid the paparazzi. She testified that Kaycappa cornered her and grabbed her shoulder to swing her around and take her picture.

A British court convicted Kaycappa in July. He also was convicted of assaulting Mills' friend Mark Payne the following evening.

The photographer's lawyer said he would appeal.

Mills and McCartney are in divorce proceedings. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Beatrice.