Fine for man who broke Halifax nightclubber’s jaw in single punch attack

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A 20-year-old roofer who fractured a nightclubber’s jaw in two places with a single punch has been ordered to pay his victim £1000 in compensation.

Tobias Mbenga struck Adam Bulmer during a confrontation outside the Acapulco night spot in Halifax a year ago.

Today (Tuesday) a judge at Bradford Crown Court watched CCTV footage of the incident which left Mr Bulmer hospitalised for four days.

Mbenga pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm, but Judge Robert Bartfield noted that he had already been on remand for six months.

The judge said the GBH offence would have resulted in a prison term of about 13 months, but as Mbenga had already been in custody since September that would mean only a few more weeks inside.

“I come to the conclusion that the best thing for the victim is to compensate him for the severe injuries and the consequences,” said Judge Bartfield.

Although the punch did not knock Mr Bulmer to the ground he told friends he could feel a large gap between his lower jaw and his gum area.

Prosecutor Bashir Ahmed told the court that Mr Bulmer, a steel fabricator, suffered two fractures to his lower jaw which required surgery to realign and refix using metal plates.

His a victim impact statement provided last summer Mr Bulmer said his jaw was still “lopsided” and he suffered problems with toothache and pain in the jaw.

In January this year Mr Bulmer told the prosecutor that he was doing “remarkably well” but still had some pain in the fractured areas.

As well as being in hospital for four days Mr Bulmer was also off work for a couple of weeks after the attack.

Barrister Niall Carlin, for Mbenga, said his client had expressed remorse for the punch and the extent of Mr Bulmer’s injury which had not been intended.

Judge Bartfield said MBenga would be subject to a 12-month community order which would include a four-month electronically-monitored curfew between 8pm and 5am.

Mbenga of Blackshaw Drive, Buttershaw, Bradford, will also have to attend various courses and pay the compensation to Mr Bulmer at the rate of £50-a-week.

While he was on bail for the GBH offence Mbenga and others were involved in another incident with a taxi driver who was forced to hand back their £25 “fare” after he drove them to the Brighouse area.

Mbenga pleaded guilty to an affray charge in relation to that incident in September, but Judge Bartfield said he was not imposing any separate penalty for that offence.