A judge has given a suspended sentence to a 20-year-old man who left his victim with a fractured nose after punching him in a Halifax takeaway.
Drunken Charlie Birchall, who had no previous convictions, launched an unprovoked attack on 20-year-old Joshua Bailes after he saw him talking to a group of women which included the defendant’s former girlfriend.
Judge Mark Savill said the complainant had been doing nothing wrong and was minding his own business when Birchall came into the Pizza Hot 4U premises last October and punched him.
Prosecutor Richard Walters told Bradford Crown Court that Mr Bailes ran out of the takeaway and was chased by Birchall, but he managed to lose his pursuer and got a taxi to hospital where he received treatment for the “open fracture” to his nose.
The court heard that Birchall, of Beechwood Drive, Holmfield, later rang his victim to try to apologise and when he was questioned by police he said he had felt “jealous”.
Birchall admitted causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Bailes and his barrister Stephen Wood said the two men had been able to put the matter behind them.
“There is no prospect that this defendant will do something as idiotic as this in the future,” said Mr Wood.
Judge Savill stressed that Mr Bailes had done nothing wrong and he said Birchall had been fuelled by drink and a sort of misguided jealousy.
He said it had been an entirely unprovoked attack, but he was prepared to accept it was an isolated incident.
The judge said Birchall had expressed genuine remorse and he had thrown away his good character by committing the offence.
Birchall’s eight-month sentence in a young offenders institution was suspended for 18 months and he will also have to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community.
The defendant was also ordered to pay £100 towards the costs of the case.