Thug broke Leeds man’s jaw in attack at party

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A THUG who broke a man’s jaw by punching and kicking him in head during a drunken attack at a flat in Leeds has been jailed.

Wayne Edwards was given a two-and-a-half year sentence over the incident at the property in Burmantofts on March 12 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard victim Darren Mangham felt his jaw break after being knocked to the ground.

Mr Mangham and Edwards, 39, had been at a party at the flat on Cherry Court where a number of people had been drinking heavily.

The court heard Mr Mangham remembered that people were getting on well with each other until Edwards accused him of chatting up his girlfriend.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said Mr Mangham then recalled being knocked to the floor and punched to the head two or three times before then being kicked.

Edwards was wearing boots at the time of the incident.

Mr Smith said: “During the attack he felt and heard his jaw break.”

Witnesses then intervened and stopped Edward from carrying out further violence.

Pollice were called to the property at 1.30am and Mr Mangham was unable to speak properly because of his injuries.

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and underwent surgery on his jaw.

Edwards, of Woodview Mount, Beeston, was arrested but denied assaulting anyone when interviewed about the incident. He claimed he had seen somebody else punching Mr Mangham but insisted that there were no kicks.

Edwards eventually pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding on the day he was due to go on trial before a jury.

The court heard Edwards has previous convictions for drug offences, public disorder and racially aggravated harassment.

Mr Smith said the victim still suffered pain in his jaw eight months after the attack.

He may require further surgery and could be permanently injured.

Tony Kellbrick, mitigating, said: “This defendant is at a loss to explain why it happened.”

Mr Kellbrick said Edwards was motivated to change his ways. He hopes to receive help to address his offending behaviour while in custody.

Jailing Edwards, judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You are 39 and you have a bad record.

“In recent years you have let the drink take over you.

“When you were at this party, for some reason, you fell out with this other man and then set about him.”

“You kicked him when he was down and you fractured his jaw.

“It was a severe injury and he is still suffering from it.

“You did not admit what you had done until the very day of the trial.”

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