Jail escape for nighclub attacker

A MAN who broke another man's nose at an Ipswich nightspot has escaped an immediate prison sentence.

A MAN who broke another man's nose at an Ipswich nightspot has escaped an immediate prison sentence.

Matthew Becker was coming out of the men's toilets at the Fire and Ice Nightclub in Ipswich when he was punched in the face by Hubert Pierztnski, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Pierztnski, 23, of Bransons Lane, Playford, admitted assaulting Mr Becker causing him actual bodily harm and was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years and ordered to do 100 hours community service.

He was also ordered to pay £650 compensation to Mr Becker and £200 costs.

Sentencing him, Judge David Goodin said: “This was pretty much an unprovoked attack by you”.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said that as Mr Becker opened the door to leave the men's toilets he was punched in the face by the defendant.

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He said that one of Mr Becker's friends recalled that shortly before the attack Pierztnski had fallen into Mr Becker and there had been a verbal exchange between them.

After his arrest, Pierztnski admitted hitting someone and thought it was “unlucky” that the man had suffered a broken nose.

As a result of the attack Mr Becker underwent surgery to have his broken nose straightened and missed four days off work.

Mark Francis, mitigating for Pierztnski, said his client had stood on Mr Becker's foot as they were leaving the toilet and had apologised. There had then been some pushing and his client had hit Mr Becker.

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