A 34-year-old man who fractured a woman’s cheekbone during an early hours incident in a town centre takeaway has been ordered to pay his victim £1,200 compensation.
Joel Liburd, who has previous convictions for wounding, will also have to do the maximum 300 hours of unpaid work for the community after a judge decided to suspend his 20-month prison sentence for two years.
Bradford Crown Court heard today how Soraya Tate’s left cheekbone was damaged when Liburd punched her during the incident at the Centro’s takeaway on Northumberland Street exactly a year ago.
Liburd, of Walpole Road, Crosland Moor, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC described his behaviour that night as disgraceful.
The court heard that the complainant did not undergo any surgery on the cheekbone, but in her victim impact statement she described how she still suffered pain from the injury and was nervous about going out in case her face got knocked.
Barrister Peter Byrne, for Liburd, said the defendant, who had been out of trouble since 2011, had been out that night celebrating his forthcoming marriage.
Judge Durham Hall told Liburd that his victim did not deserve to get “whacked in the face” for standing up to him.
“The injury is serious but fortunately it is settling down and I can compensate her for that only if you keep your liberty,” said the judge.
Liburd confirmed that he would comply with the suspended sentence order which also includes a four-month electronically monitored curfew between 8pm and 7am.