Suspended sentence after club attack

A MAN who assaulted another man in an Ipswich night club because he thought he was getting too friendly with his girlfriend has been given a suspended prison sentence.

A MAN who assaulted another man in an Ipswich night club because he thought he was getting too friendly with his girlfriend has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Bobby Spall had gone to Liquid Nightclub with his girlfriend on Valentine's Day and during the evening had carried out “an unprovoked attack” on Gareth Jones, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Spall, 18, of Peterhouse Close, Ipswich, admitted assaulting Mr Jones causing him actual bodily harm and was given a three-month sentence of detention suspended for 18 months.

He was also made the subject of a two month curfew order and ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Jones and £100 costs.

Sentencing Spall Recorder David Anderson said he had drunk so much vodka on the night in question he had been sick at the nightclub.

“You thought Mr Jones was getting too friendly with your girlfriend on the dance floor and you responded by head butting him,” said the judge.

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Mr Jones had suffered a one inch cut to his left eyebrow and swelling under his eye and was still experiencing pain two months after the incident.

Godfreid Duah prosecuting said Mr Jones had gone to the nightclub with friends and during the evening a girl had started dancing close to him.

“He has a girlfriend and wasn't interested and backed away from her. He didn't touch her and didn't say anything to her,” said Mr Duah.

Out of the blue Spall had approached Mr Jones and butted him in the face.

Ian Duckworth for Spall said his client was in work and accepted acting inappropriately towards Mr Jones.

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