Promising Portsmouth student jailed for vicious attack in Tiger Tiger

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AN ‘OUTSTANDING’ student who was due to be a steward at this summer’s Olympics has been jailed for attacking two people in a nightclub.

Nathan Williams punched a woman in the face after she pushed him away for repeatedly dancing too close to her.

He then attacked one of her friends who tried to step in, breaking the man’s jaw in two places.

The 23-year-old was studying business and finance at the University of Portsmouth and was captain of its American football team.

Today he is waking up to the start of a 12-month prison sentence for the violent outburst.

Williams had approached Maria Bishop and her friends on the dancefloor of Tiger Tiger, at Gunwharf Quays in October last year.

When she nudged him to move him away he turned nasty, attacking her and her friend Richard Henderson.

Mr Henderson, who was also a student at the university, needed a metal plate inserted into his jaw and could not eat solid food for six weeks after the assault.

Williams, of Bath Road, Southsea, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and common assault at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Paul Walker, defending, said the young man was the first member of his family to go to university and was due to complete his degree next year.

‘He recently achieved outstanding results on that course,’ he said.

He handed the judge character references from the university’s American football team coach and the defendant’s mum.

Mr Walker added: ‘He worked incredibly hard to get himself into the position where he is today.

‘To throw it all away through a night of drunken violence would be an incredible waste.’

He asked the judge to give Williams a suspended sentence but Recorder Anthony Davies QC said the attack was so serious it warranted a jail term.

Jailing Williams he said: ‘You, being the worse for drink, behaved in a violent and unacceptable way.

‘That violence took the form of twice striking the face of Maria Bishop and then punching Richard Henderson with such force that his jaw was fractured in two places.

‘I bear in mind what has been said on your behalf, what you have achieved at university, what others think of you and of course I take note of the consequences which follow a custodial sentence in this case.

‘I have come to the conclusion that only a custodial sentence is justified in this case.’