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Man spared jail after St Patrick's Day fight
1:58pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
A ST Patrick's Day fight outside a Kidderminster pub resulted in a customer being taken to hospital suffering from a fractured cheekbone and jaw, a court heard.
Arguing had begun over a game of pool in the Blue Bell and it got worse as more drink was consumed, said Graeme Simpson, prosecuting at Worcester Crown Court.
Sensing trouble, the landlord tried to get the men to leave by different doorways but Benjamin Davies followed Andrew Johnson to the exterior smoking area and punched him to the floor with a single blow.
Davies, 27, of Elm Place, Cookley, pleaded guilty to wounding Mr Johnson on a Saturday afternoon in March last year.
He was given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work. He must undertake a specified activity programme and also complete alcohol treatment.
The court was told that Davies had several previous convictions for violence, including an assault on a police constable.
Adam Western, mitigating, said Davies was making good progress on a programme being supervised by the probation service. He also had responsibility for children aged six and eight.
Judge Robert Juckes QC awarded £500 compensation to Mr Johnson who, he was told, had metal plates inserted into his cheek and jaw.
He had difficulty in eating and was affected by the injuries for three months. The judge felt that Davies had a violent streak in his nature.