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Teenager spared jail after he left man with 'ongoing disability' in King's Lynn nightclub attack

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 May 2015

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

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An aircraft mechanic suffered an "ongoing disability" after a teenager attacked him at a nightclub, a court heard.

Jake Kirby, 19, caused his victim to lose 50% of the grip in his right hand after he punched him at Chicagos in King’s Lynn, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Kevin Eastwick, prosecuting, said that the 39-year-old victim broke his little finger, requiring surgery and affecting his work as an aircraft mechanic.

He added that one of the blows thrown by Kirby connected with the victim’s eye.

In a written statement, the victim said: “It felt like it popped and I lost sight in it.

“I remember saying ‘I can’t see’.”

Kirby, of Middlewood, King’s Lynn, admitted causing actual bodily harm (ABH) in the incident in December 2014.

It happened shortly before midnight when the victim was walking through the outside smoking area and heard Kirby swearing.

Words were exchanged before Kirby punched him in the side of his head, knocking his glasses off, threw three or four more blows which missed and another that hit his eye.

Onlookers pulled Kirby away and the victim, “running on adrenalin”, fled and gave an account to police.

John Morgans, mitigating, said that the incident stemmed from a misunderstanding, both men were in drink and Kirby was “shocked” when he saw CCTV footage of what happened.

He said the incident was out of character.

Judge Anthony Bate said: “It’s a sad and familiar case of a young man, normally hard-working and respectable, when in drink resorting to violence.”

He added the victim had suffered an “ongoing disability” but was trying his best to adjust.

He sentenced Kirby to six months in a young offender institution suspended for 12 months, 300 hours unpaid work, ordered him to pay £750 compensation to his victim and £250 costs.

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