Yob who broke man's nose could face jail

A MAN who broke another man's nose in a premeditated attack could be facing a prison sentence.CCTV footage captured Gary Poole kicking and punching Samuel Hancock after leaving Fire and Ice nightclub in Ipswich.

A MAN who broke another man's nose in a premeditated attack could be facing a prison sentence.

CCTV footage captured Gary Poole kicking and punching Samuel Hancock after leaving Fire and Ice nightclub in Ipswich.

The 21-year-old had been on a night out with friends, which included Mr Hancock's former girlfriend, when a dispute occurred inside the club.

Mr Hancock then left the nightclub but within 20 minutes was caught up by the group before the attack occurred.

Poole, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

Stephen Colman, prosecuting, said: “Mr Hancock says he broke up with Rose Carter at Christmas 2006. He saw her that night with her new boyfriend and some of their friends.

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“Over the course of the evening he had some banter with the new boyfriend.

“When he got outside he decided he needed to clear his head and his friends left. After 20 minutes he saw Rose Carter again.”

The footage showed a dispute between Mr Hancock and Miss Carter's new boyfriend, before Poole became involved and kicked and punched him against Ollie's Wine Bar, in Tacket Street, leaving him with a broken nose, tenderness and a bump on the head.

Those watching CCTV footage of the attack, on February 13 this year, contacted police and officers arrived within minutes and arrested Poole.

Claire Hullock, mitigating, said: “He is very upset and sorry. He regrets his behaviour that night.

“He went out with friends and had an evening in a club. Everybody was drinking.

“There were problems inside the club which arose because the victim would not leave the new boyfriend alone.

“They managed to leave the club but on the way home unfortunately they bumped into him again.

“He accepts he lost his temper.”

Graham Barnett, chairman of the bench, said: “We consider this to be an intentional and serious attack.

“It's dangerous behaviour and was a sustained attack with a headlock, punches and kicking taking place.

“We consider it was premeditated and will consider a custodial sentence.”

Poole will be sentenced at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on May 22.

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