A 28-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for two years after he broke a mum’s jaw in two places at a Newsome house party.
Drunken John McLaughlin badly injured 36-year-old Claire McGuire after she went to the aid of her son during a disturbance in the rear garden of the house on Chestnut Close, a court hearing was told yesterday.
Bradford Crown Court heard that the violence broke out in the early hours after the householder told the partygoers to leave and McLaughlin suggested they could carry on drinking at the complainant’s home.
Prosecutor Ewan McLachlan said she refused the request and during an exchange between them McLaughlin was said to have “flipped”.
After throwing a bottle and a beer can towards the complainant he then got into a fight with her 18-year-old son.
When the complainant told McLaughlin to leave her son alone he hit her with a “right hook” .
“The complainant doesn’t remember what happened next. She thinks she may have blacked out,” said Mr McLachlan.
“She remembers her mouth being full of blood and her face beginning to hurt badly.”
The victim, who had also been drinking that night, was taken to hospital where she was found to have fractures to the left and right sides of her jaw.
She had to have surgery to repair the damage and was in hospital for three days.
McLaughlin, of Whitteron Close, Lindley, was questioned about the April incident a few months later and said he remembered little about it because he had been drinking more than usual that day.
Last month McLaughlin, who had previous convictions, admitted a charge of causing grievous bodily harm to the complainant.
His lawyer Mark Brookes told the court that McLaughlin had seen the complainant since the attack and apologised to her.
He pointed out that it had been a single blow and his client had expressed remorse.
Judge James Stewart QC said the court abhorred such violence against women and the heavy blow used by McLaughlin was excessive and cruel.