‘Life changing’ injuries after club attack

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A man left a fellow night clubber with “life changing” injuries after punching him in the face.

Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday how Jamie Skinner approached the victim in a club in Skegness, saying “What are you looking at?”

The 21-year-old victim responded that he did not know Skinner but moments later Skinner struck him a single blow.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said “The man suffered a fracture of the lower jaw and a dislocation of the jaw.

“This was an unprovoked assault in a night club on an unsuspecting victim resulting in significant injury which was life changing to the victim.”

Mr Howes said the injured man underwent an operation to have a metal plate fitted into his jaw and was still in pain five months later.

“He has had to have so much time off work that he lost his job and he has had to move out of his flat. He struggles to eat and no longer feels safe when going out.”

Skinner, 28, of Roseberry Avenue, Boston, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on October 28, 2012. He was jailed for 12 months and ordered to serve a consecutive six week term after admitting breach of a suspended sentence imposed for a previous offence of affray.

Recorder William Harbage QC told him: “It was a cowardly attack when the victim was effectively defenceless and you caused him serious injury.”

Neil Sands, defending, said “He genuinely, completely and deeply regrets what he did. He didn’t for one moment wish for any of this to happen.

“If he could turn the clock back and do something different he would do so. He apologises unreservedly.”