Burnley man must pay up £6,000 to attack victim

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.
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A Burnley man has been told he must pay more than £6,000 compensation after he knocked another man’s tooth out following a late night fracas.

Liam Pate (21) of Avon Court was also given a suspended prison sentence of eight months and ordered to complete 220 hours of unpaid work for his part in the incident outside Vogue nightclub in Rawtenstall on September 14th.

Pate pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared at Burnley Crown Court.

The court heard how victim Callum Newman (22) faces dental treatment which is estimated to run to £6,350 after a number of his teeth were damaged when he was punched in the face by Pate.

Prosecutor Mr Stephen Parker told the court how Mr Newman had become involved in a dispute with an unknown man but was walking away with his friend when he was punched by the defendant.

Mr Newman, who had been enjoying a rare night out, had been celebrating finishing university and gaining a new job.

Mr Nick Dearing (defending) said his client was a vague young man but one of good character. He was currently out of work but was not claiming benefits.

He added: “My client is sorry and never intended to cause harm of this nature. He has not been out since the incident.”

Sentencing him, Judge Simon Newell said: “The original argument was nothing to do with you. The victim was walking away, you should have as well.

“This incident was young men showing off and being macho. The victim received a nasty and unpleasant injury.”

Pate was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for two years with a supervision order for six months. He must pay £6,350 in compensation.