Two jailed after victim’s jaw is broken in Gosport brawl

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A JUDGE has jailed two men after a pub brawl left a man with a broken jaw.

Scott Elliott and Philip Farmer punched Lee Taylor to the ground and then repeatedly kicked him outside the Forester’s Arms in Gosport.

The pair were part of a group that followed Mr Taylor and his brother outside after a row inside the bar.

The court heard that Elliott, who was the leader of the group, Farmer and others who were never caught gave the 21-year-old a savage beating.

Elliot, 26, was jailed for 18 months while 25-year-old Farmer was sentenced to a year behind bars.

Judge Roger Hetherington said: ‘Both of you, I accept, had had a quantity of drink and the faults in the original altercation may not have been entirely on your side but what then happens is entirely your fault.

‘You, Elliott, were the leader of that group that went outside and you, Farmer, were one of the ones who followed behind.

‘Having got one of these men on the ground you then committed a vicious attack using your legs to kick that victim repeatedly to the head and face.

‘You then ran off and in due course were apprehended.

‘The consequences were serious. The victim suffered a fractured jaw along with other less serious injuries.

‘I haven’t the slightest doubt that it would have been a very traumatic experience for him.

‘Both of you lied to the police and you lied to the jury.’

Mr Taylor was unable to eat properly for six weeks after the assault in Ann’s Hill Road in November 2009.

Elliott, of Harwood Road, Gosport and Farmer, of Lombardy Close, Gosport, were both found guilty of assault causing grievous bodily harm after a two week trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Matthew Jewell, defending Elliott, said: ‘He is a young man who recognises his difficulties in terms of both his temper and alcohol.’

Farmer was described as a young man who was a hard worker.

Louisa Bagley, defending, said: ‘This really is wholly out of character for Mr Farmer.

‘Devastation has been caused to his family in relation to any involvement of Mr Farmer in this offending.

‘He is thoroughly ashamed.’