Drunk man who fractured his friend’s cheekbone by hitting him with vodka bottle avoids jail

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A 20-year-old man who fractured his friend’s cheekbone in two places after he hit him with a vodka bottle has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Kieron Murray, aged 20, of Brooke Green, Wellingborough, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he admitted a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The court heard Murray had been drinking vodka with his girlfriend and friend, who he had known for 15 years, on February 12.

Rachel Law, prosecuting, said the three of them then went back to Murray’s home address and he then became aggressive and started pushing his friend’s shoulders.

She said: “The victim said he thought the defendant was trying to intimidate him. The next thing he knew he was lying on the floor on his back.

“He had been hit on the face with the vodka bottle.”

The victim was taken to Northampton General Hospital and was treated for his injuries, which included two fractures to his cheekbone.

An operation was carried out to reposition the cheekbone and insert a metal plate, but the victim is likely to suffer numbness in his cheek for up to 18 months.

In his statement to the police, the victim said Murray “gets drunk and does stupid things” and he said he did not want to be friends with him anymore.

Maxine Krone, mitigating, said her client was deeply remorseful and accepted that he had a problem when he drank to much alcohol.

His Honour Judge Timothy Smith said the court saw “too many attacks involving people after they had drunk excess alcohol”.

He sentenced Murray to one year in prison, suspended for 12 months. He must complete 90 hours unpaid work. Murray was also subject of a three-month curfew from 9pm until 6am.