Jail for fight over barmaid in South Yorkshire

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A man who stood up for his barmaid partner was left in hospital for two days with a broken jaw after being punched outside a pub.

Attacker Andrew Bunting, aged 30, waited for Guy Rodgers outside the pub before throwing one punch which left the victim unconscious on the ground.

Mr Rodgers had a metal plate inserted into his jaw by surgeons at Rotherham District Hospital and still does not know whether it will be permanent.

Jailing Bunting for 12 months, the Recorder Paul Reid told him: “This was gratuitous violence outside a public house.”

Sheffield Crown Court heard Mr Rodgers’ partner was working behind the bar of the pub on Claypit Lane, Rawmarsh.

Bunting began making suggestive comments to her and said she was ‘the sexiest barmaid in South Yorkshire’, said Louise Gallagher, prosecuting.

When Mr Rodgers tackled him over the comment, Bunting then made further suggestive comments about her.

The two men were separated by customers and Bunting went outside. Mr Rodgers was going to have a cigarette outside but thought better of it and went to the toilet instead.

After about five minutes he went outside but Bunting was still there.

“He saw the defendant, walked towards him aggressively and struck him to the left side of his face knocking him unconscious and he landed on the ground,” Ms Gallagher said.

Mr Rodgers was in hospital for two days after the attack. He said in a statement read in court that he was ‘shocked and upset’ and the attack had caused him ‘pain and inconvenience.’

He had to take time off work, had difficulty eating and sleeping and had to stop playing rugby. He has a further hospital visit next month to see whether if the plate can be removed.

Bunting, of Kilnhurst Road, Rawmarsh, Rotherham, admitted causing grievous bodily harm on October 30, 2014.

Richard Jepson, defending, said Bunting was ‘hard-working’ and remorseful about the incident.

Recorder Reid, said he had been ‘driven to the conclusion’ that Bunting had waited outside the pub for Mr Rodgers to emerge before delivering a ‘formidable blow’.

He told Bunting: “You made an unpleasant comment and Mr Rodgers told you not to make remarks like that and you made a traditional response from somebody who intends violence.

“You said you simply left but you were still outside and hit him one blow knocking him out and causing him severe injuries.

“Having struck this blow you left him there. 
“When he came round he found himself alone and had to find his own way home.”