Sunderland teen’s jaw broken with one punch

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A TEENAGER missed his 18th birthday celebrations due to the injuries he received in an attack.

Stephen Burridge broke Christopher Kelly’s jaw with a single punch during a confrontation at a mutual friend’s home last January.

Newcastle Crown Court heard someone at the Sunderland flat took a picture on a mobile phone of Mr Kelly as he lay unconscious and sent it to Burridge’s phone after he went to sleep.

The picture from the telephone was used as evidence at court.

In the weeks after the assault Mr Kelly needed surgery to have screws put in his broken jaw and elastic bands fitted to temporarily hold his teeth in place.

As a result of what happened, Mr Kelly was unable to attend his 18th birthday party and suffered weeks of pain and discomfort.

Judge David Wood jailed Burridge, 24, of Tilbury Road, Thorney Close, for 15 months.

The judge told him: “He certainly wasn’t any kind of threat to you.

“You punched him in the mouth, breaking his jaw and as a result he missed his 18th birthday.”

In a victim impact statement, Mr Kelly said he has become withdrawn since the assault.

Prosecutor Alec Burns added: “His parents were affected as they had arranged an 18th birthday party for him and he missed it because of this.”

The court heard Burridge had downed “most” of a bottle of Aftershock as well as wine and other alcohol before he attacked.

Andrew Finlay, defending, said: “He accepts what he has done and has a high level of remorse.

“He has a full understanding of the impact of what he has done.”

Mr Finlay said Burridge threw the punch during a “momentary loss of control”.

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