Man ordered to pay £1000 compensation to Downham Market barman he punched

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd. Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Friday, August 22, 2014
5:56 PM

A man, who punched a barman knocking out two of his teeth after he refused to serve him, has been ordered to pay him £1000 compensation and given a 10 month suspended sentence.

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Connor Murray, 20, had been staying at the Crown Hotel, in Downham Market, when he and the group he was drinking with, were asked to leave because of the foul language they were using, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, said Murray returned later that evening and when the barman again refused to serve him as he was drunk, he spat in his face and then punched him.

Mr Jackson said that a customer in the bar, who helped restrain Murray, also got a glancing blow, but was not injured.

Murray, from Ratby, Leicester, admitted causing actual bodily harm and common assault on June 3, this year.

Judge Stephen Holt imposed 10 month custodial sentence in a young offender’s institution suspended for two years and ordered him to pay £1000 towards the dental work needed by his victim.

He also ordered Murray to do 200 hours unpaid work.

He said that his behaviour had been “despicable” and said: “It was mindless violence.”

Andrew Cogan, for Murray, said that Murray was full of remorse. “Obviously drink has a role to play in this.”

He said since the incident Murray had stopped drinking and said: “He is clearly remorseful and wishes it never happened.”

He said Murray was in full-time employment and was unlikely to come before the court again.

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