A man needed dental surgery following a pub brawl.
Victim Stephen Hart said he was left feeling too self-conscious to go out when his tooth snapped off during a fight in the Slip Inn at Longwood.
Martyn Whitworth yesterday pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said that the incident happened on March 14.
Mr Hart and his girlfriend were enjoying a night out at the Longwood Gate pub.
Whitworth, 32, was also drinking at the pub and the court heard that to start with there was some friendly banter between the group.
This turned ugly when Whitworth was about to leave in a taxi and he noticed Mr Hart was laughing.
He challenged him about this and a scuffle broke out.
Father-of-four Whitworth squared up to Mr Hart and punched him in the head.
The pair ended up on a pool table during the fight and one of Mr Hart’s front teeth was snapped off.
Mr Hart tried to restrain the builder but he let him go when police failed to arrive.
Mr Bozman described how Mr Hart suffered significant pain following the unprovoked attack.
He said that he required dental surgery to remove the root of the damaged tooth. This will be replaced with a bridge which will take three months to resolve.
Mr Bozman, reading from Mr Hart’s victim impact statement, told the court: “He said he didn’t want to go out because of the missing tooth after the incident.
“He was very self-conscious and missed work for a week.
“He doesn’t want to go out drinking in the local pubs in Longwood or Lindley any more.”
Jonathan Slawinski, mitigating, said that his client misunderstood the situation when he saw Mr Hart laughing in his direction.
He said: “Drink played a part in this and his misjudged the situation. There was a fight and it was captured on CCTV as they rolled into the pool room.
“Mr Whitworth was then taken onto the pool table by the complainant. Then they rolled off onto the seating.
“Then Mr Whitworth gets the upper hand, causing the tooth to snap.
“Mr Hart then restrains Mr Whitworth, it transpires police are not coming and he lets Mr Whitworth go.”
Mr Slawinski told the court that his client doesn’t do well in confrontational situations after drinking.
He added that some tooth decay to Mr Hart’s tooth may have contributed to it snapping.
District Judge Michael Fanning ordered a full report before sentencing Whitworth, of Peebles Close in Lindley, on December 2.
He warned him that all sentencing options, including custody, are open to the court then.