Suspended sentences for pair who broke man’s jaw in kebab shop fight

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TWO friends who fractured a man’s jaw during an attack in a Stamford kebab shop have been given suspended prison sentences.

Scott Taylor, 21, and Nathan Robinson, 20, were each ordered to pay their victim £1,500 compensation after Recorder Peter Cooke accepted they had punched him in a “moment of madness”.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the two men each struck the man with a single heavy blow after Mr Taylor bumped into him during “horseplay” inside Zorbas kebab shop in Red Lion Street.

The victim attended Peterborough City Hospital after the attack and was later transferred to Addenbrookes Hospital near Cambridge where he required surgery to fit plates in his jaw and remove two broken teeth.

In a victim impact statement which was read out in court he said he had had time off work and was now scared of meeting his two attackers.

Both Taylor and Robinson were identified by a local police officer after the incident was caught on CCTV inside the kebab shop.

During interview Taylor admitted bumping into the victim as he fooled around with Robinson while they waited for their food.

When Robinson was shown the CCTV footage he admitted the attack on the man looked “fairly unprovoked.”

Chris Geeson, mitigating, told the court Taylor had acted totally out of character.

He said: “All his references show him to be a good, kind and hard working young person.”

The court heard Robinson had lost his job as a window cleaner after suffering a football injury.

Robinson, of Balk Road, Ryhall, and Taylor, of The Brambles, Easton-on-the-Hill, both admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm to the man on April 24 this year.

They were both sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay the victim £1,500 compensation.

Robinson was also placed under the supervision of a probation officer for two years.

Passing sentence Recorder Cooke told them: “Having watched the footage I am quite convinced this is no a case where either of you went out looking for trouble.”