A MAN attacked on a work night out to celebrate Christmas needed surgery for his injuries, a court heard.
Terry Mack’s face was fractured in three places after the attack outside the Black Swan pub in Wakefield city centre the day before Christmas Eve two years ago.
He and his workmates from West Yorkshire Windows were enjoying a night out when Huddersfield man Paul Thornton allegedly attacked him, punching him to the ground before stamping on his head.
Thornton, of Gisbourne Road, Bradley, is on trial for Mr Mack’s assault at Leeds Crown Court.
The 42-year-old, a builder who was sub-contracting for the Wakefield-based firm, is also accused of intimidating witness Mark Weathers into not giving evidence in court against him. Thornton, who is on bail, denies both charges.
Yesterday, prosecutor Nigel Wray read the statements made by the doctors who treated Mr Mack at Pinderfields Hospital.
Dr Anthony Taylor said that the injuries - including a fractured eye socket and cheek bone - could have been caused by a fist or a kick.
The jury heard that Mr Mack needed surgery to correct the fracturing on his face.
Forensic scientist Sarah Moor said in a statement that the presence of blood on Thornton’s shoes provided “extremely strong scientific support that Paul Thornton placed his right foot into the blood of Terry Mack”, but added that there was nothing specific in the distribution of blood to indicate stamping.
Valerie Whitford, a forensic scientist specialising in footwork patterns, said a shoe tread left on Mr Mack’s face were similar to the pattern on the soles of Thornton’s shoes.
She concluded: “The findings provide support that the block-like impressions around Mr Mack’s mouth are the result of forceful impact and I would not exclude the shoes from making these impressions.”
Yesterday, the jury also heard evidence from witnesses Steven Rhodes and Anthony Williamson who were both part of the large group that had gone into Wakefield town centre to continue their Christmas celebrations after attending their company party at the Brasserie 99 restaurant.
Thornton is alleged to have attacked Mr Mack shortly after an argument erupted outside the pub between Mr Mack and another work colleague, Fred Marsh, during which, the prosecution says Marsh threw punches at him but missed.
Martin Robertshaw, defending, asked Mr Rhodes if before the attack he had seen Mr Mack pulling away from Mr Marsh to confront Thornton in an aggressive manner.
Mr Rhodes replied: “I can’t remember.”
Mr Robertshaw said: “I’m suggesting that you are mistaken when you say that you saw Paul Thornton stamping on Mr Mack when he was on the ground.” To which Mr Rhodes replied: “No, I’m not mistaken.”
Mr Williamson, who is no longer employed by the company, told Mr Robertshaw that when the argument erupted outside the pub he saw Mr Marsh grabbing Mr Mack but added the punch that Mr Marsh threw didn’t make contact .
He also testified that he saw Thornton stamping on Mr Mack.
The trial continues.