A YOUNG man broke someone’s jaw in two places in a street attack, a court has heard.
Dean Thompson used violence towards two 19-year-olds in Blackpool – one of whom needed to have plates and screws inserted during surgery.
The 20-year-old defendant of Chesterfield Road, Blackpool was given nine months detention, suspended for a year by Preston Crown Court.
A judge also ordered that he carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work for the community and pay one of the injured males a thousand pounds compensation.
He had been committed for sentencing to the higher court, having admitted offences of inflicting grievous bodily harm and common assault.
His court appearance resulted from an incident outside Pizza Luigi’s takeaway on Dickson Road in May.
In the early hours of May 10, there had been some verbal altercation between two 19-year-old lads and a friend of the defendant at that location, said Miss Sarah Johnston, prosecuting.
The friend went on to return to the scene with Thompson. Thompson then punched one of the males, Stephen Wetherby without warning to the jaw, causing him to fall to the ground.
It was later discovered that he had two fractures to the lower jaw and needed surgery.
The defendant was then said to have stepped over him in order to headbutt the other teenager, Jason Parker and also punched him to the mouth.
Thompson had no previous convictions.
Rosalind Emsley-Smith, defending, said the offences had not been pre-meditated. The defendant had been frank with the police in interview.
“The offences were out of character. He accepts there was no provocation that night.
“He maintains that his friend approached him and told him he had been pinned against a wall. That’s what caused the defendant to involve himself.”
Emsley-Smith said the offences had arisen within two weeks of Thompson stopping his anti-depressant medication, because he wanted to be more effective at work.
The judge passing sentence said that the grievous bodily harm offence was despicable, but he took the view that what happened had been an isolated incident.