Jailed over a single punch

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THE victim of a savage town centre attack had to write a note for hospital medics, because his broken jaw had left him unable to speak.

Preston Crown Court heard how the victim had become increasingly drowsy after being floored by a single punch by Anthony Walmsley after the defendant was thrown out of the Hop Inn pub on King Street.

The victim went to hospital the following day and by the time he got there, the self-employed stonemason could no longer speak.

Jailing Walmsley for 12 months, judge Recorder Mark Ainsworth told him: “The public, frankly, are sick and tired of young men drinking too much and becoming involved in fights in town centres.

“It has an effect on everyone, not just the person you assault.

“It makes people concerned about going out, for fear of meeting someone like you in drink.”

The 20-year-old, of Bryan Road, Blackpool, had previously admitted a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He was given another two weeks detention on top for a bail offence he had also admitted.

The victim has since recovered from the incident on March 27 last year. Initially, the defendant was spoken to by police in the Talbot Square area due to his behaviour.

David Traynor, prosecuting, said around half an hour later Walmsley went to use the toilets at the Hop Inn. He ended up being removed from the pub which caught the attention of several regulars and a group of about ten people left the pub and stood at the front.

Mr Traynor added: “Without warning he threw a punch which connected with the face of the victim, knocking him to the floor. He apparently banged his head on the floor as he went down.”

Walmsley was arrested and the victim waited a day before going to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Mr Traynor added: “He had to write a note to the triage nurse to say what the problem was. A fractured lower jaw went on to be diagnosed.”

Waheed Omran-Baber, defending, said Walmsley had spent the equivalent of a seven months sentence on remand.

He added: “All his offending has involved alcohol. The three and a half months he has spent in custody have proven to be a saving grace.”

Recorder Ainsworth added: “It must have been a forceful blow because it was sufficient to fracture his jaw.

“It had a significant impact upon the man you assaulted who, on the face of it, was wholly without blame”.