A MAN who was arrested while celebrating his 21st birthday in Halifax for punching someone in the face has been told to pay £2,000.
Scott Holmes, who lives at Halifax Road in Todmorden, was on a night out with friends in the Liquid nightspot in Halifax town centre.
A court heard some of his friends got into an altercation which led to the victim, Jamie Davy, being ejected from the club.
One of Holmes’ friends then told him the reason Mr Davy had been removed from the club was because he punched one of Holmes’ female friends.
After leaving the club himself later, Holmes spotted Mr Davy in the street.
He approached him and punched him in the face, knocking Mr Davy to the floor, telling him “you don’t hit women” as he continued to assault him.
Holmes was arrested and admitted causing grievous bodily harm. Mr Davy was left with a broken jaw.
Coincidentally, it was the second time that evening Mr Davy had been assaulted.
During sentencing at Bradford Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall told Holmes that he was wrong to take the law into his own hands, despite what he described as a “perverse night.”
“We’re not a court of morals, we’re a court of law,” he told Holmes.
“You were out with your friends for your 21st birthday party and what a way to finish it.”
Judge Durham Hall added: “Don’t ever be such an idiot in the future.”
Holmes must pay £1,000 in compensation and £1,000 in costs.
He must also do 150 hours of unpaid work and be the subject of a curfew for the next two months.