A MAN who fractured his friend’s cheekbone after a drunken night out has walked free from court.
Adam Dean, 24, and a large group of friends had spent the evening of October 26 last year drinking in the Guildhall area.
Portsmouth Crown Court heard the night had gone without any trouble until Dean realised, at 2am after they had left a club, the friend he was supposed to be staying with had already left.
Dean, of Heath Road North, Locks Heath, suggested to John Williams that he may stay at the home of a girl in the group.
When Mr Williams pointed out the girl had a boyfriend Dean punched him in the face, knocking him to the floor.
Prosecutor Martyn Booth told the court that it was not until the next day when Mr Williams woke up in considerable pain that he realised how badly he had been injured.
He had to have two metal plates inserted into his cheek bone and suffered nerve damage.
A text message sent from Dean to Mr Williams the day after the incident said: ‘Really sorry again about the other night.
‘I’ve got no idea how it came about. So random LOL.
‘If it makes you feel any better I broke a knuckle. There you go, you have a solid jawbone mate.’
But Bridget O’Hagan, defending, said Dean was genuinely remorseful and has apologised several times.
She added: ‘Mr Dean is fully aware that the sadness in this situation is that the lives of two young men have been impacted as a result of a stupid, drunken situation – Mr Williams emotionally and physically. And Mr Dean emotionally, mentally absolutely scarred for life.’
Judge Sarah Munro QC said she accepted Dean’s remorse and sentenced him to eight months imprisonment, suspended for a year. He must pay compensation of £1,400 and carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.