Pair admit punching friend at house party

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TWO young men were sentenced this week for their part in an assault which left their victim needing treatment for a broken jaw.

Prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, Raj Joshi said that at 8pm on August 12, the victim, Samuel Russell, arrived for a party at his friend David Goodrum’s house, in Little Stonham, leaving at 3am.

He said: “There was an argument that took place and as a result he was ejected from the premises by Mr Goodrum. He walked away and was told in no uncertain terms to go home, and was in fact being pushed outside of the house.”

Mr Russell threatened to call police and Goodrum responded by punching him, first in the eye and then in the ear. A third ‘much stronger’ blow knocked him off his feet and, seeing Goodrum restrained, Mr Russell assumed it had come from Jamie Corby, said Mr Joshi.

He ran towards the A140 and a policeman called emergency services to take him to hospital. As well as swelling and bruising around his left eye, his lower jaw was fractured, said Mr Joshi.

Corby, 19, of Tithing Close, Thetford, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Goodrum, 21, of Church Lane, Little Stonham, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH).

In mitigation, Ian James said that Goodrum, who has Asperger’s syndrome, had asked Mr Russell to leave when his ‘somewhat strange’ behaviour upset his girlfriend.

“Mr Russell was, I won’t say making attempts at taking his own life, but he was attention-seeking,” said Mr James.

Richard Potts, in mitigation, for Corby, said: “He’s not sought to minimise or vindicate what he did.”

Corby received 12 months in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for one year, with supervision and 100 hours’ unpaid work.

He was ordered to pay £300 in compensation.

Goodrum received a 12-month community order, with supervision and 100 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay Mr Russell £200.