Chef fractured man’s jaw during fight, court hears

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A chef fractured a man’s jaw with a single blow during violence outside a Skegness bar, Lincoln Crown Court was told this week.

Kasey Blackwell, 22, was involved in a scuffle outside the LA Bar on Grand Parade after earlier trouble inside the premises during the early hours of the morning.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court: “The defendant pushed a friend of the victim leading to a melee which leads to a number of people being ejected from the premises.

“The victim goes outside with his shirt torn in the melee. The defendant then strikes a blow.

“The victim was in a lot of pain. Blood was dripping from his mouth and he was taken to hospital.”

Mr Howes said that the injured man, Daniel Hutchinson, later underwent a four-and-a-half hour operation after being diagnosed with two fractures of his jaw.

He had four metal plates inserted in his mouth and subsequently contracted an infection which led to him having to receive emergency treatment.

Mr Howes said there was previous “bad blood” between the men as a result of a past brief friendship between the complainant and Blackwell’s sister.

Blackwell, of Clementine Close, Skegness, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm to Daniel Hutchinson on 19 October 2012.

He was given an eight month jail sentence suspended for two years with 12 months supervision and 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to his victim.

Recorder Mark Wall QC told him “You are a man of effective good character. If you had come before me with previous convictions for violence I wouldn’t have any thought about doing what I am going to do. I hope you understand how close you have come to going to prison.”

David Eager, defending, said Blackwell had no previous convictions and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Eager said “He is in employment. He is hard working.”