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Kendal man given suspended prison sentence for nightclub attack
Updated 4:51pm Friday 28th February 2014 in News
A MAN who broke another man’s nose while “paralytic” in a Kendal nightclub has been given a suspended prison sentence. Jamie Robert Wells, 21, headbutted David Williams twice in what he himself later admitted was a “totally unjustified” attack in the Loft in the early hours of June 16 last year. It happened, prosecuting counsel David Farley told Carlisle Crown Court, after Wells and a friend for some reason blocked Mr Williams’ way as he was trying to get to the toilet. “They would not let him past, then without warning Mr Wells headbutted Mr Williams on the nose,” he said. Then, when Mr Williams asked to be let through to the toilet, Wells headbutted him again, the court heard. Mr Williams went to hospital, but his nose was so badly swollen it was not possible for doctors to tell how bad the injury was. It was a week before it was found his nose was broken, and it had to be mended under general anaesthetic, Mr Farley said. Wells, of Low Mead, Kendal, was arrested outside the nightclub and told police he had drunk so much he could not remember anything about it. “It was not any form of denial, but he said it was not the sort of thing he would normally expect himself to do,” Mr Farley said. Wells pleaded guilty to causing Mr Williams actual bodily harm. In mitigation his barrister Chris Evans said Wells had had “a very difficult year” and had taken to drinking excessively to blot out his problems. “He has reduced the amount of alcohol he consumes since then,” he said. Wells was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, put under probation supervision for a year and ordered to do 50 hours unpaid community work. He was also made to pay Mr Williams £200 compensation, with £200 costs. The judge, Recorder Abigail Hudson told him it was obvious he had been “paralytic and out of control”.