Doorman 'momentarily lost control' and punched student, leaving him with fractured jaw

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A doorman must face a crown court judge for throwing one punch which broke a student's jaw.

The victim needed surgery to insert two metal plates after the incident outside The Cornerhouse, on Burton Street, in the city.

Sam Hurst, 24, pleaded guilty to malicious wounding on February 2. He was granted bail to appear at the crown court on January 11.

Anna Pierrepont, prosecuting, said the injured man was a University of Nottingham undergraduate who was visited by a group of friends.

They went to the bar but were later ejected. One carried a bottle as he walked out. He had an altercation with another security man before Hurst intervened "in a heated discussion", said Miss Pierrepont.

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She told the court: "Mr Hurst punched him once in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. He was taken to a hospital and received treatment for a fractured jaw.

"That injury led to surgery where two metal plates were fitted and they are permanent," said Miss Pierrepont.

The victim was left with numbness under the lower lip "and there was a small chance that could be permanent but he should regain feeling in a year".

The Cornerhouse in Nottingham city centre

The Cornerhouse in Nottingham city centre

He later told police: "I did not see any physical aggression towards them which warranted me being assaulted." The incident had put him behind with his university work, he added.

District Judge Leo Pyle questioned why it had taken ten months to bring the matter to court and ordered an up-to-date report on the victim's recovery. Probation officers will also compile a report on Hurst of North Street, Warsop Vale.

The judge said: "This matter should have been in court within weeks of this crime and it should not have been hanging over him."

Nick Walsh, mitigating, told the court: "He has not worked as a doorman since and will never work as a doorman again." He had never been in trouble before.

The students were "very drunk" and Hurst was not involved in ejecting them from the premises.

Hurst showed "some courage" to step between one of his fellow staff and the man with the bottle.

"There was a verbal exchange in which Mr Hurst received drunken abuse. He momentarily lost control and there was a single blow. He did not continue the assault," added Mr Walsh.