Night out in Bodmin ended with a broken nose
AN argument over a lift home during a night out in Bodmin left a man with a broken nose after he was punched to the ground.
Darren Stock was knocked unconscious in the incident and has since been told that his eyes was damaged and might require surgery.
His attacker, Louis Whitehead, 20, of Hillside Park, Bodmin has admitted maliciously wounding Mr Stock.
At Truro Crown Court on Friday, Ramsay Quaife, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said the victim had been out drinking but had been unable to get a taxi home in the early hours of April 1, this year.
Instead he approached Whitehead’s friend Ryan Butler for a lift. The pair exchanged words and Mr Butler refused the lift.
Mr Stock was holding on to the car when Whitehead approached and punched him to the back of the head, causing him to fall to the floor face first.
Mr Stock lost consciousness and was later found to be suffering from a 3cm cut to his eyebrow and a broken nose.
Barry Hilliard, defending, said Whitehead was disappointed he had let himself down on this occasion
He said: “It is very unfortunate that the injured party fell the way he did and suffered the injuries he did.”
Recorder S A Parish, sentencing Whitehead to a three month curfew from 8pm to 5am, seven days a week, said he was prepared to accept the attack was “wholly out of character”.
He ordered Whitehead to pay Mr Stock £1,500 compensation.