Man who punched ex’s mum is jailed

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A man who broke his ex-girlfriend’s mum’s nose with a single punch has been jailed for a year.

Malcolm Wilcock, 29, admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Karen Murray at the Ovenden Way pub in Ovenden, Halifax, on July 3.

He claimed he did it believing she had tried to headbutt him.

Bradford Crown Court heard his victim and her partner were at the pub in the early hours of the morning to watch a televised boxing match when Wilcock spotted them and went over.

Prosecutor Anna Wilkinson told The court he whispered something in Miss Murray’s ear, which she could not recall, and a heated exchange followed.

“A witness then described Miss Murray’s head moving back and then towards the defendant, no connection being made at that point,” she said.

“The defendant swung at Miss Murray and punched her full force in the face. Her nose began bleeding immediately.”

She was taken to hospital and later needed surgery for a fracture an a deviated septum. She also had struts to two gashes on her face.

Nikki Peers, for Wilcock, said his behaviour was a reaction to “constant harrassment” from his ex-girlfriend’s family.

“He accepts he shouldn’t have dealt with things in the way he did,” she said.

The court heard Wilcock, of Vegal Crescent, Ovenden, has two previous convictions for affray.

Sentencing him, Judge John Potter said: “You are somebody too quick to resort to violence.

“There might have been a background to what happened that night but this was a wholly inappropriate, over the top response.”