Attacker smashed victim’s jaw in South Shields – then boasted about it on Facebook

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AN attacker who boasted on Facebook within minutes of smashing a woman’s jaw in a savage street assault in South Tyneside could be facing jail.

Alan Taylor posted the words “wipe out” and “how’s about that” within minutes of leaving Holly McLean injured on the ground with her jaw broken in two places.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 30-year-old had already punched a man when trouble flared in Ocean Road, South Shields, in the early hours of July 21, last year.

When Miss McLean stepped in to try to help the victim, who was on the ground, she, too was knocked down with a single blow.

Taylor, of Canon Grove, Jarrow, denied causing grievous bodily harm on the basis he was acting in self defence.

Prosecutors branded that a “ludicrous” excuse for his behaviour and the jury yesterday delivered a unanimous guilty verdict.

Prosecutor Vince Ward told the court: “The prosecution case is Miss McLean went to assist the man by stepping in between him and the defendant, at which point the defendant punched her in the face, breaking her jaw in two places.”

The court heard the man who was punched by Taylor during the trouble did not make a complaint to the police.

A hospital x-ray initially failed to spot the double fracture and it was only when Miss McLean went to the dentist in pain four days later she was told it was broken.

Mr Ward added: “Within 10 or 15 minutes of this happening, the defendant posted two comments on his Facebook wall, which the prosecution say are significant.

“The first, at 3.41am said “wipe out” and seconds later “How’s about that”.

“The prosecution say those are celebratory remarks, celebrating what he had just done.”

Judge Paul Sloan QC ordered probation reports before Taylor is sentenced next month. He was granted bail.