St Ives street fight leaves man in pain for months after assault
A FIGHT on the streets of St Ives left an innocent bystander suffering months of pain after he was punched to the ground.
Simon Murthwaite, 23, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday where he had previously admitted assaulting Nicholas Hunt and causing him actual bodily harm on a night out in the town.
Mary McCarthy, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that at about 2am on October 14, 2012, a witness saw the defendant become involved in a shouting match with a number of people, one of whom was a woman shoved him and he pushed her back.
Several people were seen trying to stop Murthwaite, who was described as appearing to want to fight anyone and who then went to the ground, where he was kicked by a male member of the group.
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Ms McCarthy said Murthwaite, of Garden Crescent, Plymouth, got to his feet and “swung a hard punch” at Mr Hunt causing him to fall to the floor. Mr Hunt was a bystander who had not been involved in the original scuffle.
She said: “It was immediately apparent that an ambulance was needed.”
Mr Hunt suffered two black eyes, a swollen nose and bruising to the jaw, knees and elbows in the attack.
He also suffered concussion, which left him in pain for months, suffering from tinnitus and balance problems.
Ms McCarthy added that Murthwaite had previous convictions for criminal damage and a robbery that he was jailed for four and a half years for.
Rupert Taylor, defending, said Murthwaite had become involved in the fight because he saw his girlfriend fighting with another woman and he tried to intervene.
He said: “He was put to the ground and kicked for his trouble.
“He responded with a criminal assault. He can’t say who kicked him. He seems to have punched the wrong person.”
Sentencing Murthwaite, Judge Peter Johnson, said Mr Hunt had been trying to act as a peacemaker.
He sentenced Murthwaite to six months in prison suspended for two years and ordered him to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
Murthwaite was also ordered to pay Mr Hunt £1,440 in compensation.