Man left with wired jaws after gang beating in home

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A MAN spent 13 weeks with his jaw in wires after he was assaulted by a gang in his home.

The victim, who moved back in with his parents because of what happened, was attacked by around six men who burst into his house at Collingwood Court, Washington, last March.

He suffered four separate fractures to his jaw during the unprovoked violence, which needed surgery.

Prosecutor Stuart Michie told Newcastle Crown Court: “Both sides of his jaw were operated on.

“During the operation they were just looking for two fractures but discovered two more so dealt with everything together.

“The victim also sustained two black eyes.”

In a statement to police made after the attack the victim said: “I don’t go out in Washington any more.

“I’m scared in case I bump into any of the males responsible.

“My jaw was wired for 13 weeks. It caused huge problems. I have had to leave home and go back with my parents.

“It was an unprovoked attack in my own home.”

The court heard it is unclear why the victim was targeted.

Michael Foster, of Cheviot Close, Washington, admitted causing grievous bodily harm on the basis he threw just two punches during the incident.

Recorder Andrew Haslam jailed the 23-year-old for 20 months.

The judge told Foster: “You went into his home and caused him significant injuries, apparently for no good reason other than the fact you appeared to have been drinking alcohol.

“This was an entirely unprovoked attack in someone’s own home, where they are entitled to feel safe and secure.”

Lee Fish, defending, said Foster is not heavily convicted and has demonstrated in the past his ability to hold down a job and has an offer of employment as a delivery driver.

Mr Fish added: “It was two punches and two punches alone.”

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