A MAN who punched his neighbour in the face five times during a row in a Sheffield street has been spared an immediate prison sentence – because his behaviour was ‘out of character’.
Instead John Collier, aged 24, was told to pay Dean Williams £1,000 compensation after he broke his jaw in two places, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Collier, of Ivy Hall Road, Shiregreen, was also handed a six-month jail term, suspended for two years.
Sentencing, Judge Roger Keen QC told him: “You are to be treated as a man of good character. I have read glowing references about you – but you can’t go around doing this sort of thing to people.
“Keep out of trouble for two years and that will be the end of it.”
Bev Tait, prosecuting, said the incident happened after Mr Williams was asked to do some work on a car in the street as a favour for a woman named Hayley.
Miss Tait said a row followed and Hayley ended up on the roof of Mr Williams’ car.
She said: “People came out of their houses and there were a lot of people on the street.
“Collier came out of his home address and was trying to speak to Mr Williams who was trying to coax this lady off the top of the car.
“Collier then punched the Mr Williams to the face five times. The first punch caused him to fall backwards into a bush.”
“He left the scene, went back to his property and shouted out of the window, ‘you deserved that’.
Miss Tait said Mr Williams’ jaw was broken on both sides of his face and he had to undergo an operation.
When arrested, Collier told police he had been woken by shouting and gone out to try to sort out the argument.
“He said he hit Mr Williams once, but had got ‘caught up in the moment’.”
Danny Simpson, mitigating, said Collier was of previous good character.