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James Purvis broke victim’s jaw with one punch
10:52am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
AN offshore worker on a family night out in York must wait until the end of the month to learn his fate for breaking another man’s jaw in two places.
James Paul Purvis knocked Simon Allen unconscious with a single punch to his face, said Mike Hammond, prosecuting at York Magistrates Court.
Mr Allen needed at least two metal plates inserting into his jaw and suffered weeks of pain following the incident in Blake Street at 9pm on July 12.
Purvis, 29, of Spindle Close, York, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.
Magistrates adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report by probation officers until September 26 and warned Purvis he could still be sentenced by a crown court judge if their colleagues decided he should be.
For Purvis, Keith Haggerty said: “He is in all normal circumstances a law-abiding and decent member of the public.
“Something very, very untoward happened to cause him to lose his temper.”
Purvis had been out with his wife, mother and father and was in front of the two women when they and Mr Allen exchanged words and Purvis had tried to calm the situation.
Mr Haggerty alleged that according to CCTV of the incident, Mr Allen was drunk and aggressive.
He claimed that Mr Allen could be heard on the CCTV insulting Purvis’s partner and Purvis had then punched him. Purvis was then assaulted himself by two other men.
The magistrates were not shown the CCTV.