Man jailed for 14 months for causing grievous bodily harm - Bedford

30/11/2012

Just days before Xmas last year an assault victim needed three Titanium plates and 12 screws inserted in his face to hold his broken jaw together, a court has heard.

Matthew Murphy had been punched just once in an unprovoked attack as he entered a Bedford pizza restaurant.

The assault has had a devastating effect on him said Judge Richard Foster on Friday, 30 November 2012.

Behind the punch was 27 year old Matthew Crump. Judge Foster told him: "It was only one punch but, my goodness, it must have been with some force. Violence of this nature will always give rise to a custodial sentence, though many people will think my sentence is not long enough.

Crump, of Redwood Grove, Bedford pleaded guilty at Luton Crown Court to causing grievous bodily harm and he was jailed for 14 months.

Prosecutor Claudette Elliott said on 22 December last year Mr Murphy and his partner had been out Christmas shopping and were about to go for a meal at Pizza Hut in London Road.

He saw Crump, who he knew from school and they struck up a conversation.

But Crump, who had been drinking and using cannabis mistakenly thought he was about to be hit and felled the victim with one blow.

An eye witness said Mr. Murphy had been holding shopping bags and would not have been able to defend himself.

The victim needed surgery to his jaw, which was broken in two places.

Mark Nicholls, defending said: "He does not normally drink but had had quite a large amount that evening.

"He deeply regrets his actions which he describes, with shame, as a moment of madness in drink. It was on the spur of the moment.

"He immediately phoned police to report the incident."

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