Man who caused lasting injuries in nightclub scuffle is jailed - The Rugby Observer

Man who caused lasting injuries in nightclub scuffle is jailed

Rugby Editorial 13th Dec, 2019   0

A YOUNG man who waded in when a friend became involved in a scuffle in a Rugby nightclub, felling the other man with a blow which broke his jaw, has been jailed.

Benjamin Farrell pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to inflicting grievous bodily harm, while Jack Woolliscroft, who was involved in the initial scuffle, admitted a charge of affray.

Farrell, 19, of Craven Road, Rugby, was jailed for 18 months, but Woolliscroft, 20, of Cold Ashby Road, West Haddon, was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work under a 12-month community sentence.

Prosecutor Graeme Simpson said that in March Farrell and Woolliscroft had been drinking and were in Zinc nightclub in Rugby when people bumped into each other.

Security staff tried to keep the two factions apart, but Woolliscroft got past, and there was some pushing and shoving between him and another man.

Farrell was then captured by a CCTV camera breaking past security staff, who were trying to hold him back, and punching that other man hard to the face twice, knocking him to the floor.

Mr Simpson said the victim spent 48 hours in hospital, during which he underwent an operation to have bolts and plates inserted in his jaw to repair the damage.

When they were arrested Woolliscroft admitted he had been involved in pushing the victim on the dance floor, but denied punching him – so had ‘admitted what he did,’ said Mr Simpson.

Farrell did not answer questions, but gave a prepared statement in which he claimed he had acted ‘only in defence of his co-defendant.’

Lewis Perry, for Farrell, said he was of previous good character, and had references from his employer and from his rugby club.

“He is in all other respects a hard-working young man who has kept out of trouble until this event.

“Of course, drink was involved, as it often is on these occasions. He has expressed some remorse for his actions in the pre-sentence report.

“I would ask you to give this young man a second chance so he doesn’t lose his employment and can get on with his life and put this behind him,” urged Mr Perry.

But Judge Sylvia de Bertodano commented: “Somebody has been very badly injured as a result of what he did, suffering permanent injuries and disfigurement, and will be in pain throughout his life.”

Martin Groves, for Woolliscroft, said: “He was having a good time up until an incident when he accidentally barged into the victim and one of his friends.

“He tried to apologise, but that was not acceptable. He accepts he went back and got into a shoving match with the victim, and at that point Mr Farrell steps in and punches the victim.

“He deeply regrets being involved in this incident,” said Mr Groves, who added that Woolliscroft was at university, and helped out on his family’s farm at weekends.

Sentencing the two, Judge de Bertodano told Farrell: “He had really serious injuries, which is an indication of just how powerful that punch was.

“He still has numbness in his face, and he is likely to suffer some sort of pain permanently.

“This is a case where it must be immediate custody. The message must go out that if young men go out at night and drink too much and cause other young men permanent injuries, they must go to prison.”

But she told Woolliscroft: “You have probably gathered I am going to deal with you differently.

“While you were clearly wrong in getting involved in the pushing, you were not involved in the assault which caused those injuries.”

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