Chesterfield man broke jaw with ‘Haymaker’ power punch

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A DRINKER must pay £500 compensation to a man after breaking his jaw with ‘a massive haymaker’ punch.

A court heard the assault took place outside a Chesterfield bar when 19-year-old Connor Martin lashed out at front of door staff.

The punch struck Luke Cross and the incident was captured on anti-crime film, which was shown at Derby Crown Court.

Martin, of Springfield Avenue, Chesterfield, received a one-year suspended prison sentence after he admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm. He must also do 200 hours community work and pay £660 costs.

The judge Recorder Ciaran Rankin said Mr Cross was struck as his back was turned in the early hours of April 13 this year. He told Martin: “You broke his jaw in the most cowardly offence you could imagine.”

But he pointed out Martin had ‘no history of violence’ and said ‘there may have been some provocation’ earlier that night.

He imposed a three-month weekend curfew and added: “That is to clip your wings in relation to your weekend behaviour going out and getting drunk.”

Will Bennett, for Martin, said he worked as an engineer’s assistant and earned £1,000 monthly.

“He has about £300 a month left to spend on himself and doesn’t argue against compensation for the victim,” added Mr Bennett.