Portsmouth school bully punches victim in Gunwharf Quays and fractures his cheekbone

A SCHOOL bully who chanced upon his victim after a night out swung at him and broke his jaw with a single unprovoked punch, a court heard.

By Ben Fishwick
Friday, 22nd January 2021, 1:15 pm

Mason Stokes, 20, was drunk in Gunwharf Quays when he landed the blow on Jake Perchard in the early hours of the morning.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Stokes, of Bromyard Crescent, Paulsgrove, had been drinking when he approached his victim and said ‘you’re going to get lairy’.

Prosecutor Kelly Brocklehurst said: ‘Quite simply this defendant punched him, punched him once, there was no follow up - that was the beginning and the end of the physical violence.’

Gunwharf Quays. Picture: Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Mr Perchard walked away but his nose bled, so he took a taxi to hospital.

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‘Examination at the hospital revealed that his cheekbone had been fractured along with his eye socket too - his vision was slightly blurred,’ Mr Brocklehurst said.

Mr Perchard had said ‘feels he was bullied by this defendant’ at school, the prosecutor added.

‘The defendant feels they just didn’t get on.’

Reading the victim’s statement, Mr Brocklehurst added: ‘He says that he feels very anxious about being out at night on his own.

‘When he leaves work he needs to be accompanied by another person or picked up by his father.’

Remorseful Stokes, who has no previous convictions, was handed a three-month jail term suspended for 18 months.

Stokes must complete 120 hours’ unpaid work and 15 days’ rehabilitation activity requirements days.

Recorder Simon Levene, said Stokes was ‘no angel’ but added one of the ‘main reasons’ he suspended the sentence was because the March 15 assault, in 2019, had taken two years to come to court.

Stokes has worked as a roofer since the incident and people gave references saying he worked well.

Unrepresented Stokes admitted causing grievous bodily harm at the first opportunity.

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