A civil engineer who broke a man’s jaw with a single punch at a party in Hadleigh has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Liam Tydeman, 23, of Pykenham Way, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.
Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said that on the evening of December 2 last year, Tydeman arrived at a friend’s house in Station Road, Hadleigh, where a party was taking place.
Among the guests present at the party was Ross McDougal, who Tydeman knew, and an argument broke out between them, said Mr Crimp.
When Mr McDougal returned to the house from having a cigarette in the back garden, he refused an offer from Tydeman to “patch things up” and declined to shake hands with him.
As Mr McDougal turned away, he was struck from behind by Tydeman with a single blow, which fractured his jaw.
The court heard that Mr McDougal later had to undergo surgery to have several metal plates inserted to repair his jaw. He still suffers from partial numbness from the attack.
In mitigation, Hugh Rowland claimed that, before the assault, his client had sent a text message to his stepfather alleging that he had been punched by Mr McDougal.
Sentencing Tydeman to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, Judge David Goodin also ordered Tydeman to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work, pay £400 compensation to his victim as well as a £100 victim surcharge.
Judge Goodin told Tydeman: “You are held in high regard by those who know you well and you have a good record and a promising future in front of you.
“I have no wish to stop that,” he added.