Scaffolder hit man in nightclub over ‘fat’ jibe

Portsmouth Crown Court

Portsmouth Crown Court

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DRUNKEN Joe Morgon punched a man to the floor after he called him fat, a court heard.

The single blow left victim Arthur Moss with a broken ankle, fractured cheekbone and fractured nose after the fracas in Liquid & Envy nightclub, Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard 20-year-old Morgon lost his temper when Mr Moss, a stranger, insulted him and made reference to his weight in the early hours of Saturday, June 28.

Prosecuting Tammy Mears said: ‘There had been some exchange prior to him losing his temper and punching Mr Moss with one punch that knocked him off his feet to the floor.

‘He was immediately brought back to his feet by his friends and other members of the public who had been dancing.’

After the incident, Morgon identified himself to door staff as the person responsible and made a full admission to police.

The blow left Mr Moss with a cast on his ankle and he had to undergo surgery to correct his fractured nose.

The court heard that Morgon had been in trouble with the police for a similar matter in 2010, when he was 16, where he assaulted an older man who had been verbally abusive to him about his weight.

Robert Forrest, defending, said: ‘He would like the court and anyone else listening to know that he is sorry.

‘He is sorry for what he did and he did not intend any of the injuries that occurred as a consequence of his actions.’

The court heard that Morgon, a scaffolder, had drunk six whisky and cokes on the night, and that he had rated himself as 7/10 drunk to police.

Recorder Andrew Maitland gave Morgon a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He also ordered that Morgon pay £1,500 compensation to Mr Moss, along with £350 in court costs and a victim surcharge.

Mr Maitland also imposed a curfew on Morgon and ordered that he must stay at his home address of Hollam Road, in Southsea, between the hours of 7pm and 6am on a Friday night, and 7pm and 7am on a Saturday night.

Mr Maitland said: ‘The best advice I can give you is to never come back before this court again.’

Morgon must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

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