Thug jailed over horror punch at Leeds pub

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim suffered a gash to his face which went all the way through his cheek, exposing his teeth.
Leeds Crown Court heard the victim suffered a gash to his face which went all the way through his cheek, exposing his teeth.

A VIOLENT drunk who left a man with an horrific cut to his mouth in a dance floor attack has been locked up for 12 months.

The 39-year-old victim was left permanently scarred after he was punched by Jamie Middleton has he danced with his wife at the New Penny pub in Leeds city centre.

Leeds Crown Court heard the victim suffered a gash to his face which went all the way through his cheek, exposing his teeth.

His speech has been affected by the injury and he may not be able to continue with his work.

Middleton, 28, was caught on CCTV throwing a single punch which knocked the victim to the floor on January 22 this year.

Dave Mackay, prosecuting, said the victim was attacked when he asked Middleton to stop making a nuisance of himself as he kept bumping into him.

Middleton left the pub but was arrested in March after he was identified following a media appeal to trace the attacker.

Middleton, of Coldcoates Road, Harehills, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

The court heard he has previous convictions for drunk-related violence. In 2007 he served a jail sentence for hitting a man in the face with a bottle.

He also has convictions for assaulting a police officer, public disorder and failing to comply with community orders.

Nigel Royston, mitigating, said Middleton had a problem with his behaviour when he had been drinking.

He said his client used alcohol as a “coping mechanism” to deal with anxiety.

Mr Royston said: “He can’t understand how the whole thing happened.”

Jailing Middleton, judge Penelope Belcher said: “I can have no confidence that you will comply with any requirements that I impose as part of a suspended sentence order.”

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