Man, 22, spared jail after breaking clubber’s jaw at Norwich nightspot
17:56 31 July 2014
An unemployed plumber has been banned from a Norwich nightclub for two years after breaking a man’s jaw on a night out.
Adam Cossey, of Chapel Road, Halvergate, punched the man in the face after a “threatening” exchange of words, Norwich Crown Court heard today.
The 22-year-old was in Essence nightclub, in Prince of Wales Road, when violence flared.
Rachel Tucker, prosecuting, said: “[Cossey] said the complainant was staring at him, approached him and was threatening.
“He was pushed in the chest and he pushed him back.
“He followed him and he accepts he punched him once to the face.”
Cossey was detained by door staff after landing the single blow, and police were called, the court heard.
“On arrest he says ‘look how big those blokes are and look at me. It was self-defence’,” said Ms Tucker.
The complainant was taken to A&E at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital at around 3.30am, after the incident in March.
Medics found he had suffered a double fracture to his jaw, and he had surgery - with metal plates fitted.
Cossey admitted causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) at an earlier hearing.
Michael Clare, mitigating, said: “It would be wrong to see this as an unprovoked attack by the defendant.
“He’s made a mistake in the heat of the moment in the noise and atmosphere of a nightclub.
“He thought there was going to be trouble and his answer was to throw a punch.
“He’s been unlucky - not as unlucky as the complainant - but he’s caused a serious injury.”
He said Cossey was a qualified plumber and hoped to be in work again soon.
Cossey lived with his family, had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and had no previous convictions, he added.
Recorder Maureen Baker QC, sentencing, said: “The man who came to be injured at your hands that evening came across to you.
“There were some words exchanged.
“He went back to where he was sitting and you overreacted.”
She handed him a 12-month prison term suspended for two years, 200 hours unpaid work and a community order.
Cossey must pay £350 costs and £650 to his victim in compensation, and was banned from Essence for two years.