A scrap metal dealer has been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to a friend whose jaw he broke in two places.
Leeds Crown Court heard on Monday Lee Coleman was out with a group in April, first in Knottingley and later at Big Fellas nightclub in Pontefract.
Once there he became involved in a brawl with one of his group Callum Lyon, swinging punches while others tried to stop him.
Richard Smith, prosecuting, said CCTV, which was played in court, showed the last punch connecting with Mr Lyon. The fight was reported to staff and they dealt with the incident.
Mr Lyon’s jaw was hurting and he was bleeding from his mouth. He walked to Pontefract General Infirmary and was then taken to Pinderfields Hospital where he had surgery to insert plates into his jaw which had a double fracture. He also had to have a wisdom tooth removed and months later was still suffering some numbness and difficulty biting certain food.
In interview, Coleman said he had been goaded by his friend. When shown the CCTV footage he said: “I can’t believe it’s me, I’m really disappointed in myself.”
Coleman, 23, of Pontefract Road, Knottingley admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. He was also given a 12 month community order with 200 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay £240 costs. Richard Gioserano. mitigating, said Coleman had been told the calm down but the friendship boiled over in drink.
Sentencing him Judge Tom Bayliss QC said he had read a testimonial from a non-commissioned officer in the RAF who knew Coleman and described him as normally polite, well-mannered and respectful. He added that decent law-abiding people did not enjoy going out into towns and city centres because “of young men like you brawling”.