Man’s jaw broken in Irchester pub attack

Northampton Crown Court heard that Barnes confronted one of the men, whom he knew, in the corridor and punched him three times in the head
Northampton Crown Court heard that Barnes confronted one of the men, whom he knew, in the corridor and punched him three times in the head
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A drinker broke another man’s jaw in two places after he attacked him in a pub.

Daniel Barnes, 22, of Arkwright Road, Irchester, was with a group of men drinking in The 19th pub in High Street, Irchester, when he started becoming aggressive.

Northampton Crown Court heard that Barnes confronted one of the men, whom he knew, in the corridor and punched him three times in the head.

Andrew Duncan, prosecuting, said Barnes punched the man once to the left side of his face and then, after the man turned away from him, on the other side of the face and on the back of the head.

The victim suffered two jaw fractures and required surgery and numerous follow-up hospital appointments to repair the damage.

A victim impact statement read to the court said the man’s jaw still hurts when he yawns or eats hard food and he regularly has to take painkillers.

Matthew Kirk, mitigating, said Barnes was suffering from the fact he was “living in the shadow” of Huntington’s Disease, which his father has.

Recorder Edward Hess said the victim was going to have to live with the effects of the attack for the rest of his life.

Recorder Hess gave Barnes, who pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm, an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was given a 12-month curfew order on Friday and Saturday nights from 7pm to 7am.

He must also pay £1,000 compensation to the victim, costs of £535 and a victim surcharge of £120.