Man sentenced for late-night assault

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A TEENAGER who broke a man’s jaw in a late-night assault has been handed a suspended prison sentence.

Zak Newton, 19, of Edinburgh Way, Thetford, was out with friends in Newmarket in June when he launched the attack on a stable lad.

Ipswich Crown Court heard last Friday how Imran Bashir had also been out with friends and had been to a nightclub in the town centre.

As Mr Bashir’s group walked home they became aware of the other group of men that included Newton, according to prosecutor Michael Crimp.

Witnesses told police that Newton was among a number of people who attacked Mr Bashir.

When Newton’s victim fell to the ground he was repeatedly punched and kicked, according to Mr Crimp.

Mr Bashir said the next thing he remembered was waking up in hospital.

Newton was seen to crouch over Mr Bashir and had punched him about five times as the other attackers sat on their victim.

The witness told police: “It seemed like they wanted to kill him.”

Mr Bashir suffered a broken jaw, requiring surgery and the insertion of two metal plates.

He had to take six weeks off work and still experiences problems with his hearing.

Newton, who pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm, had been drinking before the attack, said Philip Farr,in mitigation.

Mr Farr said Newton had shown remorse for the attack.

He said: “He stupidly became embroiled in a fight that wasn’t of his making.”

Sentencing, Mr Recorder Christopher Makey ordered Newton to pay £500 in compensation.

Newton was sentenced to eight months custody in a young offenders institution suspended for two years. He will also have to complete 80 hours’ unpaid community work and spend 24 hours at an attendance centre in Norwich.