Barrow boxer broke victim’s jaw with single blow
Last updated at 16:45, Friday, 11 October 2013
A FORMER boxer hit a man in a Barrow nightspot, causing a double jaw fracture, a court heard.
Defendant Marc Carding, who was at a work Christmas party, said he could not recall what happened, having drunk 12 to 14 bottles of alcohol.
He was said to have struck Andrew Richards to the face while the victim was on the floor inside Kavanna’s nightclub in Cornwallis Street.
Mr Richards needed surgery to re-align his jaw, and had a metal plate inserted.
Carding, 24, of Black Butts Lane, Walney, was given a suspended prison term when he appeared for sentencing at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday.
He pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Miss Rosalind Emsley-Smith, prosecuting, said the attack happened in the early hours of a night last December.
The defendant had approached a friend of Mr Richards and started speaking to him.
Carding was described as being “totally out of it” and acting strangely. The friend patted Carding on the back in a friendly gesture when he went to talk to someone else.
Carding then grabbed the man in a headlock and Mr Richards tried to pull Carding away.
The defendant claimed he then traded blows with Mr Richards.
After he fell to the ground, Carding punched Mr Richards with a single “heavy blow” while his victim was on his back, in the middle of the dance floor.
The court was told Mr Richards could not eat solids for two months, was in immense pain and had difficulty speaking.
The defendant had previously been involved with boxing and that was how he was ultimately identified, said the prosecution.
Mr Alex Rostron, defending, said Carding drank 12 to 14 bottles of alcohol at the work party, and his memory was at best hazy.
He added: “He is a family man. He doesn’t really know what happened that evening. He has seen the CCTV and identified himself.”
“All he can say is he is very sorry. It is something which is entirely out of chracter for him,’’ added Mr Rostron.
Carding was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with a year’s supervision.
He was also ordered to attend an alcohol awareness programme, follow a three-month curfew from 9pm to 5am, and pay his victim £2,000 compensation.
First published at 16:13, Friday, 11 October 2013
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HEADLINE, barrow boxer. what a joke, can you tell us where he boxed ? was it from 8 yrs to 10 ? tried to google him nothing in any newspapers, who told the judge ? let me guess a probation officer in a pre sentence report, watch sports have you done in past ? football golf, boxing. boxing so youre a boxer do you like violence we all know how things get twisted. using boxer headline out of order gets boxing bad name.