A father has been jailed after he left a soldier scarred for life when he punched him at the Batley Frontier nightclub.
Leeds Crown Court heard Joshua Spry saw the victim James Parrish, 24, talking to his ex-girlfriend Hannah Grayson on the dance floor in the club on August 29 last year.
Stephanie Hancock, prosecuting, said when Miss Grayson realised Spry was watching them because of their previous history she decided to move Mr Parrish to a different area but as they walked off together Spry ran up behind the victim and punched him to the back of his head.
She added: “Mr Parrish turned around and the defendant then punched him again this time to the side of the face and the force knocked him to the floor.”
Miss Hancock said Mr Parrish was taken to Dewsbury Hospital and later transferred to Pinderfields Hospital for specialist treatment.
He had a complex fracture to his nose that was causing some breathing difficulties as well as a fractured cheekbone and a cut to his temple. In spite of reconstructive surgery he is left with a permanent scar and a deformity around the eye.
The court heard he was coming to the end of a six year career in the army at the time but because of his injury was not able to see active service out with is comrades, having to spend time in camp instead.
At the time Spry was under a community order for a common assault on a woman who was pregnant.
Felicity Hemlin, representing him, told the court he had been drinking on the night of the offence and realised his behaviour was outrageous and appreciated the impact of his actions on the victim.
He was the sole carer for his young son and a jail sentence would be extremely hard on the boy if it was imposed immediately.
Spry, 24 of Bond Street, Birstall, Batley admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed for 16 months for that offence with three months consecutive for the previous assault.
Recorder Richard Woolfall said Mr Parrish had spoken to Spry’s former girlfriend that night.
“She appreciated you had problems with jealousy and anger and seeing you watching them moved him away,” he said.
But he said before they could go far Spry ran up behind Mr Parrish punched him to the back of the head and when he turned punched him again knocking him to the floor.
As a result of the injuries he received he had been left with a deformity, a depression to his eye socket and a scar.
“Although attempts were made to repair it that will remain with him, every time he looks in the mirror he will be reminded,” the judge added.
He said it was clear Spry had problems with his temper and jealousy when in drink and had thrown away the chance he was given in his last sentence to deal with anger management and there now had to be an immediate sentence.