A Needham Market teenager who broke a man’s jaw has been sent to a Young Offenders’ Institution.
Reece Varley, 18, of Station Yard, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday where he pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
He also admitted assaulting a second man causing actual bodily harm.
The court heard how Varley had been walking with a group of friends in Stowmarket in the early hours of June 14 last year.
Marc Brown, prosecuting, said as the group crossed the River Gipping bridge they met another group of men walking in the opposite direction, which included the two victims.
Varley, who was ‘agitated and shouting’, slapped Aaron Harvey twice on the face in an apparent attempt to provoke him, said Mr Brown.
Alex Taylor attempted to separate the two men and was punched on the cheek by Varley.
Mr Taylor suffered a broken jaw, requiring surgery to insert metal plates, and was unable to eat solid food for six weeks.
Mr Brown said Varley also landed two blows on Mr Harvey, causing a split lip and bruising near his eye.
Judge Maryn Levett sentenced Varley to 12 months detention in a Young Offenders’ Institution.
Joanne Eley, in mitigation, said Varley accepted his behaviour had been unacceptable, despite claiming someone in the other group had made a comment which upset him.
Since being arrested and charged, Varley had been making efforts to change his life, said Miss Eley.