Reveller lost teeth in attack at party

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A 12-HOUR party culminated with a partygoer being punched in the face and losing his two front teeth.

Preston Crown Court was told that victim Thomas Wigan will have to undergo treatment estimated at £5,000.

Louis Darbyshire, 22, of St Mary’s Road, Great Eccleston, had earlier pleaded guilty at Fleetwood Magistrates Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was committed to Crown Court for sentence.

David Traynor, prosecuting, said on December 11 last year Mr Wigan, the defendant and others had been drinking at a friend’s house. At 7am the following morning the people who had been to the party were “taking the mickey” out of each other. Mr Wigan made a comment about Darbyshire and the defendant punched him in the mouth.

Mr Traynor said: “His head was against a wall with nowhere for the force to go and a tooth was knocked out immediately.” A second tooth was removed at hospital.

Richard Haworth, defending, said Darbyshire, a friend of Mr Wigan’s for 10 years, had expressed remorse and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Judge Norman Wright told Darbyshire: ”This was a serious offence causing serious consequences.” Darbyshire was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years, placed on supervision for two years and will have to do 200 hours of unpaid community work. A curfew was imposed for 13 weeks between 8.30pm and 6am.