Man broke friend’s nose during city fight

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A man who left a friend needing surgery after breaking his nose has been ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work by a judge.

Preston Crown Court heard Benjamin Horner, 18, of Main Road, Carnforth, retaliated when Joseph Bywater threw a punch at him in Lancaster city centre.

Defending him, Robin Kitchen said it was a case of “excessive self defence” but the judge, Recorder JT Benson QC, did not accept the claim.

He said: “ Violence, particularly in town centres, by young men who have had too much to drink is something about which everybody has a great concern.”

Horner, who is in the third year of an apprenticeship, admitted a charge of actual bodily harm.

Prosecuting, Rachel Woods said the incident happened near Church Street, Lancaster, in the early hours of March 14.

She said: “The defendant had come across the complainant who was with another group of men. The two groups knew one another and began talking and there was a bit of banter.

“A witness says there was an argument between the complainant and another man.

“Mr Horner attempted to calm him down and tapped him on the head. The situation escalated. A fight broke out between the two of them.

“In the course of the fight the defendant accepts throwing a number of punches towards the face.”

On March 27 the victim had an operation to manipulate the bones of his nose and may require cosmetic surgery in the future.

Mr Kitchen said: “ He does not seek to minimise what he did.

“He deeply regrets getting involved in this incident.”