Victim’s 4 fractures from gym instructor

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A SOWERBY Bridge fitness instructor has narrowily avoided prison after he attacked a man, leaving him with four fractures to his face.

Curtis Cochrane’s victim could only eat soft food for almost a month following the early hours assault at a taxi rank in Huddersfield town centre in January.

Bradford Crown Court heard Cochrane, 27, who is also involved in martial arts, punched 26 year-old Richard Longbottom on the left cheekbone causing him “instant pain”.

“Mr Longbottom described his face going numb and he felt dizzy,” said prosecutor Alisha Kaye.

“He said it all seemed to be a blur.”

He was taken to Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield, where he was treated for three fractures to his left cheekbone and one to his right.

Cochrane, of St Peter’s Avenue, was identified from CCTV after being recognised by a police community support officer.

Mr Longbottom said his confidence had been knocked and he was off work for three weeks and did not go out socialising again for six months.

The court heard Cochrane had been given a community order for assaulting a man in a pub in October 2009.

Peter Hampton admitted his client had a temper when he had been drinking.

Cochrane admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Mr Hampton said his client wanted to apologise and offer compensation.

Recorder Gumsley said he was prepared to give Cochrane “one last chance” and suspended his 26-week prison sentence for a year.

Cochrane will be subject to supervision for a year including 100 hours’ unpaid work. He will also have to pay compensation of £500.