Dad involved in pub fight left peacemaker with multiple injuries after ‘thunderous’ swing

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A DAD who got involved in a pub scuffle ended up punching the man who tried to break up the fight leaving him with multiple facial fractures and a metal plate in his face.

Ashley Holland pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm against Christopher Murphy in the incident at the rear of Loons bar, in Victoria Road, in Hartlepool.

The 28-year-old took one “thunderous” swing at the victim which knocked him to the ground leaving him temporarily unconscious, Teesside Crown Court was told earlier today.

As a result of the attack the victim suffered a fracture to the left side of his jaw, a cracked left cheekbone, an eye socket and nasal fracture, a four-inch abrasion to the back of the head, and a metal plate needing to be inserted into his left cheek.

Today The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Simon Bourne-Arton spared Holland, of Derwent Street, Hartlepool, jail, for the assault which took place on December 17 last year during a night out for his brother’s birthday.

The judge made reference to Holland’s “hard-working, responsible”, and good character and work in the community passing on his football skills to youngsters. He said that was to the defendant’s credit.

The judge then sentenced him to a 12-month jail term suspended for two years and a community order with 120 hours of unpaid work, a restraining order for three years, and ordered him to pay £1,500 compensation, £1,500 court costs, and £100 victim surcharge.