Jaw shattered in nightclub attack

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A MAN shattered the cheekbone of a teenager after attacking him in a Skegness night club, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Monday.

Jake Rayner had earlier bumped into his victim Thomas Haston,18, on the dance floor of the Grand Central night club in the resort.

Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said that afterwards Rayner appeared to put his arm around Mr Haston but his offer to shake hands was rejected.

“He then punched Mr Haston in the face knocking him unconscious.

“The blow was with such force that it caused several fractures to the left cheekbone.”

Mr Haston was taken to hospital and later underwent an operation to have a metal plate inserted in his cheekbone.

Rayner, 21, of Sandbeck Avenue, Skegness, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm as a result of the incident in the early hours of January 6.

He was given a 10 month jail sentence suspended for two years with two years supervision and a two month night-time curfew.

Rayner was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to Mr Haston and £250 prosecution costs.

David Eager, defending, said Rayner believed he had been subjected to an offensive remark by his victim and reacted as a result of that provocation.

He said Rayner subsequently spent time in custody on remand before eventually being released on bail.

“This was just one blow. He made full admissions at the police station and he has since had a taste of custody.”

Recorder Stuart Sprawson told Rayner “Whatever happened it never justifies the use of violence.

“You must learn to control your temper. There are other ways you could have dealt with that situation.”