Community order for nightclub attack

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A STOWMARKET man has been sentenced for a violent attack outside a nightclub which caused £2,500 damage to his victim’s teeth.

Adam Ward, of Cardinals Road, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.

The 28-year-old was given a community order for one year and ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

He had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault at an earlier hearing.

The incident occurred at Jokers Nightclub, in Stowmarket, on December 19, last year.

The court heard how the victim, Stephen Murphy, had been involved in an argument with a friend of Ward’s.

Mr Murphy sustained damage to his teeth and bruising in the attack.

Stephen Dyble, for Ward, said that his client had stepped in between his friend and Murphy in an attempt to quell the dispute.

Ward was seen on CCTV holding up his hands as if trying to persuade the men to move away.

Mr Dyble said that Ward had felt threatened by Mr Murphy and had struck a single blow in self- defence, but had then followed that with a series of punches which he accepted had been unlawful.

It was alleged that Mr Murphy was not calm and had threatened to stab Ward and his friends, among other threats, said Mr Dyble.

At a hearing in August Mr Murphy said the attack left him facing a bill for £2,500 for dental repairs.

Mr Murphy also told the court that he was forced to cancel a planned trip to Spain the day after the incident.

Ward, who works as a carpenter, was made subject of an exclusion order preventing him from enterting Jokers Nightclub for six months. He was also ordered to pay £85 in court costs.

Sentencing Ward, Judge Peter Fenn said: “The first blow was in legitimate self-defence but it is quite clear from CCTV that subsequent blows were not necessary to either defend yourself or defend anybody else.

“They were definitely not reasonable or proportionate. They were unlawful blows.”