An “appalling” attack outside a St Annes nightspot resulted in a man suffering a broken jaw.
William Smith contacted police through a solicitor following publication of still images from CCTV at the Toast nightclub.
This was an appalling attack. Punching someone so hard you smashed their jaw is a terrible offence
He was given a suspended sentence order by a judge who told him: “This was an appalling attack. Punching someone so hard you smashed their jaw is a terrible offence”.
Smith, 35, of Oakenhurst Road, Blackburn, had admitted a charge of unlawful wounding. He was given 15 months prison, suspended for two years, with 15 months supervision.
The court heard the victim had gone outside the venue for a smoke on July 5.
Karen Brooks, prosecuting, said as he left the front of the premises he was hit on the right side of his face.
The blow knocked him over. The defendant was escorted from the premises.
X rays showed the victim had a fractured lower jaw. He was referred to another hospital where orthodontic brackets were placed on his upper and lower jaw and his teeth.
Miss Brooks added: “The defendant was identified from still images which were obtained from CCTV at the club.
“As a result he made contact through his solicitor.”
In a prepared statement to police, Smith claimed he had acted in self defence.
Darren Lee-Smith, defending , said “My client accepts that he went too far.
“When the victim, in effect, succumbed to the first blow, there was no further assault.
“For seven years he has shown he is capable of keeping out of trouble.”