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Friday, 06 March 2015

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Drunken thug broke man's jaw during night out

A drunken thug broke a man’s jaw after punching him twice in the face during a night out.

John Bamber, 23, attacked Stephen Thornthwaite after earlier trouble led to violence in Workington.

Bamber, of The Chestnuts, Distington, was spared an immediate spell in jail after appearing at Carlisle Crown Court.

He admitted causing grievous bodily harm.

Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, said the victim was with friends in a town centre pub on March 15.

Mr Rogerson said a man in a group in the pub had been aggressive towards Mr Thornthwaite after a drink had been spilled.

Mr Thornthwaite later went to another bar where he noticed the men from the other nightspot.

Bamber went over to Mr Thornthwaite and said: “Howay, come to Curwen Park.”

The court heard Mr Thornthwaite told Bamber to go away, assuming this was an invitation to fight.

“As he turned to his drink he felt two sharp blows to the left of his face,” said Mr Rogerson.

Doormen reacted and Mr Thornthwaite went home.

He suffered pain in his face and a tooth was found to be dead. Later he discovered he had fractured his jaw and needed surgery.

A witness, the court heard, said Mr Thornthwaite had done nothing wrong.

During police interviews Bamber struggled to remember every detail due to the alcohol he had drunk.

The court heard Bamber was previously of good character.

Defence barrister Greg Hoare said: “This was an altogether out of character incident.”

Bamber was sentenced to 36 weeks in prison, suspended for a year. He was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, attend an alcohol awareness initiative and pay £900 compensation.


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