A man who carried out a street attack leaving his victim with as shattered jaw has been jailed for 14 months at Lincoln Crown Court.
Mitchell Walker followed his victim from the Castaway Bar in Ingoldmells in the early hours of the morning and attacked him from behind.
Robert Sandford, prosecuting, said the victim, who has recently moved to the resort, was earlier drinking in the bar with his girlfriend and during the evening was talking to Walker who was with a group of local men.
Mr Sandford said: “There was no trouble at all in the public house. Walker’s group left first and were followed by the victim and his girlfriend.
“The couple started to walk home. As they were doing so the defendant attacked the victim from behind whilst he was walking on Old Roman Bank, Ingoldmells.
“He struck the victim with force. The victim fell to the floor and was again struck by the defendant whilst he was on the ground.”
The victim was taken to hospital where he was found to have a fracture to the jaw. He also had a tooth missing.
Mr Sandford added: “The injury required an operation under general anaesthetic. Two metal plates and screws were fitted in his jaw. He may be left with permanent numbness.”
Walker, 21, formerly of Ingoldmells but now of Cantilupe Crescent, Aston, Sheffield, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm as a result of the incident on May 23.
Judge Michael Heath, passing sentence on Friday, told him: “You can’t go around committing unprovoked assaults and breaking someone’s jaw and expect to retain your liberty.”
Lucy Brown, defending, said Walker had become a father since the incident but is no longer in as relationship with the child’s mother and is now expecting another child by a second woman.
She said: “He has moved away from the area and now lives in Sheffield.
“He is in employment and is keen to put his past behind him.”