A teacher was ejected from a Leamington night club – even though it was he who had been the victim of an unprovoked attack which had left him with a fractured jaw.
But the victim was able to point out his assailant as attacker Alex Puxley left the club with his girlfriend shortly afterwards.
And Puxley, 27, of The Heights, Market Harborough, was jailed for ten months after pleading guilty at Warwick Crown Court to inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutor Nigel Stelling said that in February last year the victim visited Leamington with a friend, ending up in Altoria
Just before 1am, having got separated from his friend, he saw Puxley arguing with a group of people.
A young woman who was with Puxley came over to speak to him but he could not hear what she was saying.
“As that was happening, Puxley appeared next to him and, without warning, punched him to the left side of his face, to his jaw. There was then a second punch to the right side of his face,” said Mr Stelling.
The victim was then approached by bouncers and escorted from the night club.
“He complained that he was the one who had been assaulted and that the man who punched him was not being ejected.”
He remained outside the club and when Puxley came out with his girlfriend he pointed him out to the door staff before leaving and returning to his hotel.
The following morning he realised something was not right with his jaw and went to hospital, where it was found he had suffered an undisplaced fracture, although it did not need surgery.
The incident was reported to the police and when Puxley was traced and arrested in May he said he was ‘not a violent person,’ and had never before been in any sort of fight.
And he complained that when he and his girlfriend left the night club, the other man was still there and being aggressive and unpleasant towards him, added Mr Stelling.
Recorder David Chinery told Puxley he could not impose anything other than an immediate prison sentence for an offence which had involved unprovoked violence.