Victim to receive £1,500 from attacker

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A DRINKER who broke a man’s jaw with one punch has walked free from court but was ordered to pay his victim £1,500 in compensation.

Dominic Heath struck out after Ryan Winson teased him about his looks in a takeaway in Chesterfield, Derby Crown Court heard.

Heath, aged 22, struck sports science student Watson Charlesworth, who had tried to ease the tension by saying: ”Come on, guys, let’s go.”

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, told Derby Crown Court: “The comment was not inflammatory, something on the lines of ‘just leave it and get out’.”

One witness described hearing a ‘horrible noise’ as Mr Charlesworth was struck.

The witness told the court 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 court heard.

Recorder Nicholas Cartwright imposed a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years and told Heath, who pleaded guilty to wounding, to do 200 hours unpaid community work and obey a four-month curfew.

The judge said Mr Charlesworth could make a claim for damages over the injuries which had left him unable to play sports for three months and forced him to miss a modelling shoot.

He said: “I cannot adequately compensate Watson for the injury you inflicted and the loss of earnings both in the past and future.

“He had to eat through a straw for some weeks, his feeling in the jaw was lost and remains lost.”