Clubber banned from Nottingham city centre after breaking man's jaw
A CLUBBER has been banned from Nottingham city centre and ordered to pay £2,000 to a man he seriously injured.
Jack Newham walked up to a stranger in Oceana nightclub, Lower Parliament Street, and punched him in the face.
Victim Jeff Davis, an NHS audiologist, suffered a serious injury.
Newman admitted the attack yesterday when he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court.
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Judge Jonathan Teare gave him a 14-month prison sentence suspended for two years and banned him from the city at weekends. He said: "The courts are absolutely sick of senseless and drunken violence, which occurs on Friday and Saturday nights in this city so regularly.
"If you go into Nottingham city centre on Friday or Saturday night you can be sure, as night follows day, that 14 months will be imposed."
Newham, a welder from Arnold, had no reason to attack Mr Davis.
Mr Davis did not realise until he was going home in his girlfriend's car that he was so seriously injured.
They diverted to hospital where he was found to have a broken jaw, which needed months of treatment.
Mr Davis had to eat blended foods and he could not shave, clean his teeth or sleep. And he no longer wanted to go out and socialise.
Newham was traced from CCTV at the club and then identified by Mr Davis.
Newham pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on May 18 last year.
He was banned from the city centre for the next 12 months, on Friday and Saturdays, between 9pm and 6am. He was also ordered to carry out 240 hours of community work.
Newham, 23, of Syderstone Walk, had previous convictions for affray and possessing an offensive weapon.
Gregor Purcell, in mitigation, said: "He is a skilled welder and someone whose work is valued and he is a trusted member of a team that is very successful in difficult times.
"He doesn't seek to step back from what he has done. He couldn't explain what he did. He was drunk.
"He wishes to make good the damage he has done and the only way he can do that is to pay a sizable sum."