Family row at Christmas party ended in a broken jaw

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A MAN broke the jaw of his girlfriend’s brother at a family party on Christmas Day.

Gilbert Reilly, 39, of Grove Park, Ovenden, Halifax, had been at his girlfriend’s family party in the early evening of December 25, 2011.

A court was told his victim had been chatting to a neighbour in the front room of the family home when Reilly strolled over and punched him several times to the face.

Reilly’s girlfriend stepped in to protect her brother and the men were separated.

However, Reilly soon returned and inflicted further injuries despite his victim telling him to “leave it because it’s Christmas”.

His girlfriend’s brother was left no choice but to curl up into a ball on the floor to avoid the blows, Bradford Crown Court heard.

Reilly was eventually pulled away and he left the house.

The man he assaulted went to Calderdale Royal Hospital where an x-ray revealed the fracture to his jaw.

He also had severe swelling and bruising to his eyes and both sides of his face.

Reilly admitted one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm but claimed in mitigation that he was acting in self defence.

Recorder Amanda Rippon said: “Alcohol was a problem and was partly responsible for this result.

“It was a sustained and repeated assault on Christmas Day when other people and family members were present.”

Reilly was given a six-month sentence suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £500 and compensation to his victim of £500.

He was also made the subject of a 12-month supervision order.