At­tacker avoids jail af­ter punch that shat­tered bouncer’s jaw

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

A DRUNK rev­eller who landed a sin­gle punch in the face of a door­man in Cam­ber­ley, break­ing his jaw in two places, has avoided an im­me­di­ate jail sen­tence.

Thomas Lan­g­ley, 19, of Frog­more Park Lane in Black­wa­ter, hit bouncer Mark Cooper out­side Tru night­club in De­cem­ber, ‘ru­in­ing the life’ of his vic­tim, a court heard.

Lan­g­ley turned vi­o­lently on Mr Cooper when the fa­ther-of-four asked him to leave be­cause of his drunken be­hav­iour. Mr Cooper re­quired ex­ten­sive surgery to put his jaw back to­gether – and is still feel­ing the ef­fects.

Lan­g­ley ad­mit­ted the punch at the scene and pleaded guilty to griev­ous bod­ily harm (GBH) at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity, in court on June 13. Dur­ing sen­tenc­ing at Guild­ford Crown Court last Fri­day, Lan­g­ley was sen­tenced to 30 weeks in prison, sus­pended for two years.

The judge, Recorder Richard Prior, said Lan­g­ley – pre­vi­ously of good char­ac­ter – should con­sider the ef­fect on Mr Cooper of his ‘very se­ri­ous of­fence’.

“That one heavy punch had ex­tremely se­ri­ous reper­cus­sions,” he said. “It was un­pro­voked, un­jus­ti­fied and un­war­ranted. It has, with­out ex­ag­ger­a­tion, ru­ined his life.

“One hopes he’ll be able to get his life to­gether and re­sume some­thing re­sem­bling what he had be­fore you punched him. At this point in time, how­ever, it looks very se­ri­ous.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Rachel Davies said the of­fence took place on De­cem­ber 12 while Mr Cooper was work­ing as a mem­ber of door staff at the night­club in Cam­ber­ley High Street. She ex­plained Mr Cooper told Lan­g­ley to go home af­ter he started mak­ing threats to the door team be­fore push­ing him away when Lan­g­ley clenched his fists.

It was then Lan­g­ley hit Mr Cooper to the left side of the jaw said Ms Davies.

In a state­ment read out by Ms Davies, Mr Cooper said he was no longer able to work and pro­vide for his four chil­dren.

Mr Cooper said he felt ‘per­ma­nently scarred’ hav­ing lost feel­ing in his lips, which meant he no longer felt a con­nec­tion with his chil­dren when he kissed them good night, nor was he able to eat his Christ­mas din­ner.

De­fend­ing Lan­g­ley, Lance White­ford said the teenager, a trainee plumber, ac­cepted Mr Cooper had suf­fered ‘very un­pleas­ant’ in­juries. “The blame doesn't lie any­where else than with this young man,” he said. “He was drunk, lost his tem­per and landed a punch with­ith dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects.” Mr White­ford added Lan­g­ley was typ­i­cally a po­lite, hard-work­ing young man, who had suf­fered dif­fi­cul­ties in his child­hood. Recorder Prior said Lan­g­ley’s age, pre­vi­ous good char­ac­ter, prospects and early guilty plea were enough to spare him an im­me­di­ate cus­to­dial sen­tence. Lan­g­ley was also sen­tenced to 170 hours’ un­paid work, a com­pen­sa­tion or­der of £1,200, payable to Mr Cooper, and a vic­tim sur­charge of £100.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.