Jaw fracture after attack

A MAN fractured someone’s jaw after a dispute over a mini motorbike.

Andrew Moss, 22, of Syon Hill, Siddal, fractured Nathan Harris’ jaw with a single punch after bumping into him on the way to the job centre in Halifax in March last year.

Bradford Crown Court heard Harris had an arrangement to buy the bike from Moss’ family a couple of months prior to the attack.

When he pulled out due to lack of money, Moss made threats.

Harris was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital and needed an operation to fix his jaw.

Mr Moss, who is studying to be a bricklayer at Kirklees College, denied the charge of assault until the day of the trial.

Mr Hampton, mitigating, said; “This was a classic case of ‘head in the sand’ – refusing to face up to the inevitability that he would have to plead guilty.

“He is starting to face up to the issues in his life. He is no longer using cannabis as heavily as he was at the time of the incident.”

Recorder Graham Cook said: “This was a completely violent assault. It does concern me that you are regularly smoking cannabis.”

Moss was sentenced to 36 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and ordered to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.