Joke leads man to court

A TEENAGER who hit a man in the face with a beer glass has been given a suspended prison sentence.The attack happened in the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich after Peter Baxter, who was the victim of the attack, told Kyle Tye a joke that he thought was in bad taste, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

A TEENAGER who hit a man in the face with a beer glass has been given a suspended prison sentence.

The attack happened in the Steamboat Tavern in Ipswich after Peter Baxter, who was the victim of the attack, told Kyle Tye a joke that he thought was in bad taste, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Tye, 19, of Coniston Square East, Ipswich, admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Baxter on April 25. He was given six months detention suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work in the community. He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Baxter and £100 costs.

Sentencing Tye, Recorder David Anderson said he had hit Mr Baxter with an empty pint beer glass causing a 4cm cut below his ear and a 2cm cut on his left cheek.

He said that Tye claimed that in the heat of the moment he hadn't realised he was holding a glass when he struck Mr Baxter.

Godfried Duah, prosecuting, said that Mr Baxter had been drinking on the night in question and had told Tye a joke in bad taste.

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Ian Duckworth, for Tye, said his client had no previous convictions and had made a “very serious mistake” on the night in question.

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