Jaw fractured in assault

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A 23 -year-old man has been sent for sentence at the Crown Court after admitting an assault that fractured a man’s jaw in a Skegness night spot, and just two months after he had been given a suspended prison sentence.

Appearing at Skegness Magistrates’ Court last week, Jamie Lee Skinner, of Rosebery Avenue, Boston, admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on James Davis-Higgins in the Grand Central Bar on Grand Parade.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that in the early hours of the morning of October 28, without any provocation, Skinner went up to Mr Davis-Higgins in the Grand Central Bar and punched him in the face, fracturing his jaw.

He said it was believed the assault was linked to a previous assault some time before involving two other men, one of whom was a friend of Skinner’s, in which Mr Davis-Higgins had intervened.

He said Skinner had first become unnecessarily aggressive towards Mr Davis-Higgins in the toilets of the bar and then, when they had returned to the bar, just went up to him and punched him.

He said Mr Davis-Higgins had had one operation and medical opinion was that a second would be necessary and that he might suffer long-term problems.

He said in August Skinner was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, for affray - just two months before this assault.

The magistrates agreed with the prosecutor that Skinner should be remanded to Lincoln Crown Court for sentence and he was granted conditional bail until a date to be fixed.