A DRINKER who broke a man’s jaw with one punch was ordered to pay him £1,500 compensation and carry out community service.
Dominic Heath struck out after Ryan Winson had teased him about his looks in a takeaway in Chesterfield in January, a court heard.
But 22-year-old Heath, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, struck sports science student Watson Charlesworth, who had tried to ease the tension by saying: ‘Come on, let’s go’.
Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court: “The comment was not inflammatory, something on the lines of ‘just leave it.’”
One witness said there was a ‘horrible noise’ when Mr Charlesworth was struck and that Heath said: “I just don’t care. You should not have got involved.”
Mr Charlesworth needed two hours of surgery to insert a titanium plate in his jaw, which will remain in place for the rest of his life.
The judge, Recorder Nicholas Cartwright, said Mr Winson bore ‘a good deal of responsibility for what later occurred’ because of the comments he made to Heath.
He imposed a 12-month suspended prison term, also ordered Heath to do 200 hours unpaid community work and obey a four-month curfew - as well as paying compensation to his victim.
Heath, who had no previous convictions, admitted wounding.