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Street attack man in court
AN offshore worker who felled a man one punch and broke his jaw has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence.
Racegoer James Paul Purvis, 30, knocked Simon Allen out with a single blow and broke his jaw so badly three metal plates had to be inserted to help it heal.
He pleaded guilty to grevious bodily harm at an earlier hearing and was sentenced by York magistrates.
The court heard Purvis was dragged into a row when heading home from a day at the races with his girlfriend and his parents on July 12, and was walking along Blake Street.
His girlfriend got into an argument with Mr Allen and Purvis stepped in to break up the row which a passerby videoed on a mobile phone.
Purvis persuaded her to walk away, but lost his temper when Mr Allen shouted abuse and punched Mr Allen who fell to the ground.
Prosecutor Martin Butterworth told the court the men then became involved in a “melee” with Purvis’s father even stepping in to try and break it up before police arrived.
A number of people, including Purvis’s father, were arrested, but only James Purvis faced charges.
Keith Haggerty, mitigating, said his client had “an awful lot to lose” but accepted his response to Mr Allen’s provocation had “gone overboard”.
“His father had the humiliation of being interviewed by the police, and Mr Purvis has spent the last two-and-a-half months in terror of going to prison,” Mr Haggerty added.
Now Purvis, an off-shore oil worker, will have to do 150 hours of unpaid work and has been given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Sentencing him, magistrate Angela Lewis, sitting with two colleagues, said: “We have heard you are a hard working and normally responsible person with good employment and a stable family life.”
The magistrates refused Mr Allen’s request for compensation.
“Whilst we do not condone physical violence the fact Mr Allen had the opportunity to leave matters alone and the level of provocation mean compensation would not be appropriate,” Mrs Lewis said.