Ex-tenant battered in row over spoon

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A cafe owner who broke his former lodger’s jaw because he believed he had stolen a spoon from him has been jailed.

Preston Crown Court heard Jason Templeton, 44, was caught on CCTV after attacking the man while out shopping in Talbot Road, in Blackpool town centre.

Templeton, of Eltham Court, Tynedale Road, Grange Park, had denied a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on the 53-year-old.

Roger Baldwin, prosecuting, told the court the victim was out shopping in July 2012 when Templeton was said to have barged into him, jabbed him in the chest and then punched on the side of the face.

The man needed an operation after the attack left him with a fractured left jaw.

Paul Humphries, defending, said: “This was an unfortunate incident.

“He had allowed Mr Dugdale to live in his house when he was homeless.Problems came when he left. The defendant was missing an unusual spoon.”

Judge Pamela Badley told Templeton: “You run a cafe, deal with all sorts of people and have been described as affable, cheerful and charming.

“But when it came to your former lodger you just lost your temper .

“You saw him in the street and punched him because you thought he had stolen a spoon out of your house.

“It was a very unpleasant blow which you struck him.”

She gave him 12 months prison, suspended for a year, with an order to do 80 unpaid work. He was told to pay £300 compensation.