Broken jaw after phone row

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A BARMAN who broke a man’s jaw after a pigeon sale has been jailed for 14 months.

Matthew Christopher turned to violence after an argument over a mobile phone, Durham Crown Court heard.

“This incident took place at the Belmont Social Club in Durham City,” said Vince Ward, prosecuting.

“The victim, Harry Herd, had been running a pigeon sale in the club.

“It seems he went back to his hotel, then returned to the premises at about 6.45pm for a drink.

“He fell into company with the defendant, who was a barman in the club but not on duty, and a woman called Becky, who also worked there.”

The court heard an argument developed after Becky’s mobile phone went missing.

Later, outside, Christopher punched his victim once, breaking his jaw.

“Mr Herd later had two plates inserted,” added Mr Ward.

“He says the surgery has shortened his jaw, meaning his teeth no longer meet correctly.

“This makes it difficult for him to eat, which he says is frustrating and makes him feel like a child.”

Christopher, 24, of Broome Road, Carrville, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm on November 25 last year.

He has two previous cautions for offences of violence.

Mark Styles, mitigating, said: “He is an otherwise decent and hard-working man who needs to control his temper.”