Punched man needs £5,000 dental work

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A 12-hour house party culminated with bantering between partygoers which ended with one of them being punched in the face causing the loss of his two front teeth.

Preston Crown Court was told that after the attack victim Thomas Wigan had to face numerous dental appointments and will have to undergo treatment estimated at £5,000

Appearing for sentence was Louis Darbyshire, 22, of St Mary’s Road, Great Eccleston who pleaded guilty at Fleetwood Magistrates’ Court to assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was committed to the crown court for sentence.

Mr David Traynor, prosecuting, told the court that, on December 11 Mr Wigan and the defendant along with others had been drinking at a friend’s house. At 7am the following morning they were in the bedroom and the people who had been to the party were “taking the mickey” out of each other. Mr Wigan made a comment about Darbyshire.

The defendant walked over to him and punched him in the mouth. His head was against a wall with no where for the force to go and a tooth was knocked out immediately,” said Mr Traynor.

He said the pair were split up. Mr Wigan went to hospital and then to the dentist. A second tooth was removed. So far dental treatment had cost £367. Mr Wigan was going to need implants ,resulting in a total cost of £5,000.

Mr Richard Haworth, defending, said Darbyshire had expressed remorse and had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. He and Mr Wigan had been friends for 10 years.

Drinking had gone on for 12 hours and there had been bantering. Darbyshire had “over-reacted”.

“This was a spontaneous outburst,” said Mr Haworth.

Judge Norman Wright told Darbyshire: “This was a serious offence causing serious consequences.”

Darbyshire was sentenced to 26 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years. He was also placed on supervision for two years and will have to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community. A curfew was also imposed for 13 weeks to operate between the hours of 8.30pm and 6am.