A defendant has been ordered to pay £1500 compensation to a man whose jaw he fractured in two places when he punched him once outside a pub.
Leeds Crown Court heard Jamie Haigh lost patience with Thomas Marshall, who had been asking for someone to supply him with drugs, and was pestering Haigh and his friends in The Stumble Inn in Holmbridge, Holmfirth last September.
He said because Mr Marshall was causing a scene he asked him outside. “I wanted him to leave me alone, he kept on so I hit him once in the face.”
“I left him outside but went out again shortly after and saw him staggering off. I didn’t mean to cause serious injury to him.”
Philip Adams prosecuting told the court following the incident Mr Marshall needed surgery to insert plates and screws to stabilise his lower jaw which was broken in two places. He also lost a tooth.
Neil Murphy representing Haigh said he was very sorry for what had happened but it had got embarrassing when Mr Marshall in drink was approaching his group.
“It was a regrettable and unfortunate incident and it was also largely out of character.”
Haigh, 32 of Bradshaw Drive, Honley, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm to Mr Marshall on September 13 and in addition to the compensation he was given a 12 month community order with 100 hours unpaid work and an intensive activity requirement.
Sentencing him yesterday Recorder Paul Isaacs said while the complainant had accepted what had been said about his behaviour towards others Haigh could have just reported that to those who ran the pub or walked away.
Instead he had gone outside and punched Mr Marshall causing a nasty injury. Fortunately he had recovered well from that.
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