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Southwold student spared jail

PUBLISHED: 11:30 21 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:41 05 July 2010

A STUDENT who fractured the jaw of a fellow student when he punched him in the face during a night out has escaped a prison sentence.

Kane Blowers, of Mount Pleasant, Southwold, had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

A STUDENT who fractured the jaw of a fellow student when he punched him in the face during a night out has escaped a prison sentence.

Kane Blowers, of Mount Pleasant, Southwold, had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm. The 18-year-old was at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced for the assault, which happened during a night out in Southwold on November 17 last year.

Judge Peter De Mille handed the Lowestoft College student a 30 week jail term suspended for two years, ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and told him to pay £1,000 in compensation to the victim. The teenager, who was studying carpentry, was also told he would be subject to a four month curfew.

The court heard Blowers and a friend were drinking in the Casa Mia bar in Ferry Road, Southwold, on the night of the assault.

When they left an altercation occurred which ended in the defendant punching 18-year-old Joe Davis twice on the right cheek.

Mr Davis was taken home in a police car but did not make a complaint until the next morning when he was unable to move his mouth properly and his eye had closed up. Doctors at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston discovered he had a fractured jaw and they operated to insert a metal plate.

Richard Potts, prosecuting, said the assault had affected Mr Davis' confidence and that he was forced to repeat that year of his carpentry training because he had taken so much time off for medical appointments. During police interview Blowers admitted punching his course mate but said he had been provoked by comments made by the victim.

James Onalaja, in mitigation, said his client was of previous good character. He said Blowers - who has since completed his carpentry course - was “deeply remorseful”. “He had a momentary loss of self control. He has done everything he can to ensure there isn't a repeat of such action.”

Sentencing, Judge De Mille said: “Anybody who reads the newspapers knows that the public is genuinely and rightly concerned about violence by young people who have taken too much alcohol at night.”

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