Northamptonshire man who fractured peacemaker’s eye socket avoids jail by “skin of his teeth”

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A man who fractured the eye socket of a peacemaker who was trying to calm him down after he had punched another man in a Northamptonshire pub has escaped a prison sentence “by the skin of his teeth”.

Iain Mclean, aged 33, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and assault after he punched two men in the Chequered Flag pub in Corby on June 18 last year.

The court heard that McLean got involved in a verbal argument with an elderly pub regular and had to be separated from him by the barman.

Siward James-Moore, prosecuting, said the barman took the elderly customer outside and ordered him a taxi.

However, McLean followed the pair and continued to act aggressively before punching the barman in the head.

At this point, another customer in the pub stepped in to act as a peacemaker and he isolated McLean away from the rest of the crowd.

But Mr James-Moore said a comment shouted at Mclean “tipped him over the edge” and “completely unprovoked” he punched the peacemaker, knocking him unconscious.

The court heard the victim suffered two fractures to his eye socket and bruising and swelling to the face.

Matthew Lowe, mitigating, said McLean, of Babbage Road, Corby, had been to his best friend’s funeral on the day of the attack and suffered from anger management problems when drunk.

Judge Lynn Tayton said Mclean’s crimes were “too serious” for a community order.

She sentenced Mclean to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also given a two-year supervision order, including a requirement that he completes the alcohol treatment programme. He must also complete 250 hours unpaid work and was given a nine-month curfew order from 7pm to 7am.

Judge Tayton said: “You have escaped a custodial sentence by the skin of your teeth.

“I want to stop you doing this again and I think this is the most appropriate way to do that.”