A MAN has been spared a jail term after he punched a friend in a jealous rage when he caught him kissing a former girlfriend on a night out in Sheffield.
Craig Cheetham, aged 25, of Providence Road, Walkley, attacked Mark Nicholls in The Forum bar on Devonshire Street, punching him twice and breaking his jaw.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Cheetham, who works on a fruit and veg stall, had hoped to rekindle his relationship with ex-girlfriend Faye Bradley on the night of the incident - but lost his temper when he found her ‘in a clinch’ with Mr Nicholls.
Mr Nicholls suffered a fractured jaw, cut lip and also lost a tooth in the assault.
Elizabeth Martin, prosecuting, said Cheetham was on a night out with friends including Mr Nicholls on May 14, and was in contact with Miss Bradley during the evening.
“During the night he made it apparent his affections still lay in that quarter, and arranged for her to meet them,” she said.
But Ms Martin told the court Miss Bradley and Mr Nicholls met up in the bar and started chatting and kissing - which Cheetham spotted.
“He punched the complainant once to the jaw, which caused him to stumble.
“He punched him again, laying him out on the floor.”
Ms Martin added: “He said having seen Miss Bradley in a clinch with the complainant he lost his temper, and that he was angry and jealous.”
The court heard Cheetham, who admitted causing grievous bodily harm, had no previous convictions.
Ms Martin said Mr Nicholls, a support worker and gardener, lost over £486 in earnings as well as dental fees.
“The fracture caused a great deal of pain and discomfort. He lost half a stone in weight,” she said.
Tarquin McCalla, defending, said: “They were by no means the most serious of injuries, although I’m not seeking to belittle the pain the complainant suffered. Mr Cheetham says he’s never been out since the offence.”
Judge Roger Keen QC sentenced Cheetham to six months’ imprisonment suspended for two years, with 150 hours unpaid work and £1,500 compensation.
Mr McCalla said Cheetham only has £4.30 in disposable income left at the end of each week.
The judge told Cheetham: “You’ve never been in trouble and then you do this.
“People who attack other people for no reason outside or in public places go to prison.
“In your case, I can manage to suspend that, but if you commit any other offence then you will come back here and you will go to prison.”