Thug broke man’s jaw with a bru­tal punch

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH - KAREN BRITTON

ATHUG broke a man’s jaw and left him suf­fer­ing pain ev­ery day af­ter throw­ing a bru­tal punch in an un­pro­voked at­tack.

Aaron Walsh, 24, was caught on CCTV at Rumba bar in Mac­cles­field de­liv­er­ing the vi­cious blow to vic­tim Joshua We­ston who was with his girl­fiend on a night out, a court heard.

The court heard Mr We­ston re­mem­bered lit­tle of the in­ci­dent, ex­cept he and Walsh were chat­ting in the bar and they spoke about box­ing be­fore he woke up on the floor af­ter be­ing punched in the face.

Walsh, of Field Close, Bolling­ton, and his friend sat down and car­ried on smok­ing in the smok­ing area while oth­ers help the vic­tim to his feet.

Mr We­ston suf­fered a bro­ken jaw and dev­as­tat­ing last­ing ef­fects. In a state­ment read to Ch­ester Crown court he said he strug­gles to sleep and suf­fers pain when he eats. He even said he and his girl­friend are mov­ing out of Mac­cles­field as they are too scared to go out.

Judge Recorder Eric Lamb said the at­tack had a ‘dis­as­trous’ ef­fect on Mr We­ston, but stopped short of send­ing Walsh to prison af­ter read­ing a pre-sen­tence re­port by pro­ba­tion which de­tailed his per­sonal cir­cum­stances. He gave him a six month sus­pended prison sen­tence.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Peter Hussey said: “Mr We­ston re­calls speak­ing to some lads who he didn’t know and thought this chap was pretty friendly and they had a con­ver­sa­tion about box­ing, then he was punched on the jaw and knocked out. His tooth was chipped and he had a frac­tured jaw which had to be oper­ated on.”

In a state­ment from the vic­tim read in court he said: “I’m suf­fer­ing anx­i­ety which I’ve never had be­fore. I’m scared to go out and my girl­friend doesn’t feel safe af­ter wit­ness­ing the at­tack. We’ve de­cided to move out of Mac­cles­field. I’m ex­pe­ri­enc­ing shooting pains in my face and my chipped tooth can’t be mended. I can’t sleep and when eat­ing I feel gris­tle in my jaw.”

The hear­ing was told that on the same night, Walsh, as­saulted another vic­tim in a take­away on Mill Street. He ap­proached the man and grabbed his burger be­fore throw­ing it back in his face. Walsh pleaded guilty to com­mit­ting griev­ous bod­ily harm and as­sault on Oc­to­ber 22, 2016.

Recorder Lamb said it went in his favour that he made full admissions to po­lice, but said: “It was an un­pro­voked at­tack and the con­se­quences for Mr We­ston have been dis­as­trous.”

Walsh was given a 35 day Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Ac­tiv­ity Re­quire­ment and was or­dered to pay Mr We­ston £600.

The Blue­dot Fes­ti­val takes place this week­end

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