Jailed over ‘life-changing attack

A man left a fellow night clubber with “life-changing” injuries after punching him in the face, Lincoln Crown Court heard last week.

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

“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 said.

“He struggles to eat and no longer feels safe when going out, particularly at night,” he added.

Skinner ,28, of Roseberry Avenue, Boston, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on 28 October 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 an 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 accepts that the actions he took that night were utterly indefensible.

“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,” he added.