Man fined for attack on ex-boyfriend

IPSWICH: A student has been told to pay �2,000 in compensation to a former partner whom he assaulted outside a gay club.

IPSWICH: A student has been told to pay �2,000 in compensation to a former partner whom he assaulted outside a gay club.

Christopher Chandler pushed over his ex-lover outside Betty's nightclub in Ipswich, leaving him with a broken wrist, on July 19 this year.

The 21-year-old University Campus Suffolk student was sentenced at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court after admitting to causing him grievous bodily harm without intent.

Chandler, of Surrey Road in Margate, Kent, was told to pay his victim �2,000 and handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours' unpaid work in the community and pay �85 court costs.

At an earlier hearing, magistrates were told how Chandler was seen in the club pointing and laughing at his ex-partner, with whom he had been in a relationship for two weeks in March.

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After the club closed, Chandler ran at his ex-partner while he was waiting for a taxi and knocked him down.

The attack broke the victim's right wrist in more than one place.

Mark Holt, mitigating, said his client made a full and frank admission when interviewed but could not remember the attack taking place

Mr Holt said: “He knew nothing about it until the next day when he discovered a Facebook group called Get Christopher Chandler barred from Betty's for GBH.

“He says he had issues with the victim but cannot recall or give a good reason for why he would have done this.”

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