A TEENAGER who smashed a love rival’s eye socket in a street attack will be working unpaid for the next year.
Jack Barwick, 18, and the victim had both been going out with the same girl, and he was her current boyfriend.
He is currently a young man for whom this journey through the courts has had a substantial effect, and this was an entirely uncharacteristic incident.Jonnie Walker, defending
When Barwick saw the other teenager out on his bike in Station Road, Billingham, there was a heated exchange and he ran over and pushed him off.
Prosecutor David Crook told Teesside Crown Court that Barwick kneed the youth in the face and punched him three times.
The injured victim had little recollection of the attack, but a medical check-up showed that he had a fracture to the bone under his left eye which was left to heal.
The victim said that since the attack, on September 28 last year, he had not gone anywhere by himself, and previously he had been out all the time.
He said in a victim impact report that he was on a waiting list to join the Royal Navy and he had changed his trade application “to get into the Navy quicker and to get out of town”.
Barwick pleaded guilty on the basis that he denied the victim’s initial allegation that he had kicked him in the face.
Jonnie Walker, defending, said Barwick had asked him to give his apology in court in the hope that it would reach the victim.
He said Barwick was unemployed and receiving benefits, and he was due to go on a training ship for some considerable time.
Mr Walker said: “It was a single unpremeditated assault with a history of some provocation, of comments made and insults thrown.
“He is currently a young man for whom this journey through the courts has had a substantial effect, and this was an entirely uncharacteristic incident.”
The judge said it was fair to say that there was a background between Barwick and the victim. The judge said that he accepted tht Barwick and the girl had received various text messages of a provocative nature.
Recorder James Brown said: “That does not excuse what you did, you attacked him, kneed and punched him and that has clearly had an impact upon him.
“Taking all matters into account I am able to take what is on the face of it a lenient course.”
Barwick, of Neasham Road, Billingham, was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and pay £150 compensation within 12 months after he pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.