Jaw broken in random attack in Sheffield city centre

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A young reveller’s night out ended in horror when his jaw was broken in two places in a random street attack.

Braden Bennett, aged 21, was set upon by a man dressed in an orange jumpsuit during a night out with pals in Sheffield city centre.

He needed surgery and metal plates and screws to keep his jaw in place after it was fractured in two places and left unable to eat solid food for a month.

Braden, a business and human resources student at Sheffield Hallam University, said he had been left shaken and feeling ‘vulnerable’ after the attack.

He said: “I can’t remember anything about it really, all I know is that a man in an orange jumpsuit just turned around and hit me.

“I’m still in pain two weeks later. I’m just so annoyed by what happened.

“It ruined a lot of peoples’ nights. It was just a pointless, random assault.”

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Braden and his girlfriend Sophie Clark, 21, had been to a house warming Halloween party in Bolsover before catching a taxi into Sheffield city centre with friends.

They were planning to go to Plug nightclub and Braden, from Bolsover, was dressed up as Jack Skeleton from the film Nightmare Before Christmas.

As he got out of the cab on Matilda Street, a group of lads came up to him and one stole his mask.

He said: “We had a bit of an argument but I got my mask back and didn’t think anything of it.

“They walked off but then one of the men from the group walked back past me, then he just turned around and hit me.

“I just remember blood coming down my face.”

He was taken to the Northern General Hospital and transferred to the Hallamshire where he had surgery.

Braden has had a metal plate inserted in the right side of his jaw and four screws in his gums to keep the jaw in place.

He said: “I’m six foot three inches tall, so I’m quite a big lad and I’ve never felt vulnerable before but I just feel wary around groups of lads.”

A police spokeswoman said: “The attack appears to have been unprovoked. The victim suffered facial injuries and needed surgery on a broken jaw.”

The offender was white, in his early 20s around 5ft 10ins tall, medium build, with short sandy coloured hair and wearing an orange boiler suit.

* Anyone with information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 1508 of October 31.