A man who punched another man in the face smashing his jaw in two places has walked free from court.
A court heard that there was a background between Clayton Gee and Liam Brophy but when they met by chance in a Wigan nightclub on May 17 last year Gee repeatedly shook his hand saying the “past was in the past”.
Sentencing 21-year-old Gee, a judge said it was not clear whether that had been to create a false sense of security or genuine sentiments but if the latter “you suddenly changed your mind.
“As he passed you, you punched him a blow with such force his jaw was broken in two places,” said Judge Norman Wright.
The victim, then a 22-year-old plasterer, had to undergo surgery and had two metal plates inserted in his jaw and was left on a liquid diet for several weeks and was also off work.
He was also unable to play rugby and is now wary of socialising, said Fiona McNeill, prosecuting.
Judge Wright sentenced Gee to 20 months imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and attend 25 days’ rehabilitation.
Gee, of Bankbook, Standish Lower Ground, Standish, was also ordered to pay his victim £3,500 compensation. He had pleaded not guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Miss McNeill told Liverpool Crown Court that the incident happened at about 5am in Attic night club in King Street West, Wigan where the two men had been with separate groups of friends.
Claire Jones, defending, said that Gee has never been to prison before.
He earns about £350 to £400 a week and was supported by friends and family in court and they would be able to loan him money towards helping pay any compensation if necessary.