‘Uppercut-style’ punch left assault victim with broken nose

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A Buxton man who punched a stranger in the face, breaking his nose, has been given a community order.

Alexander Boylan had been in the Vault on Buxton Market Place on November 14 when an argument began outside the pub, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

During the incident, he was assaulted before police arrived and broke up the fight. He then went to sit on a bench near the butchers on the market place away from the Vault when he was approached by Ian Scobie, who punched him in the face with an uppercut-style punch, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

The assault was witnessed by two police officers who saw Scobie punch Mr Boylan a couple of times while he was sat on the bench.

Mr Boylan was in instant pain and there was a puddle of blood on the floor from his nose, which had been broken in the attack, Mrs Fitzgerald added.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to Stepping Hill Hospital where he received two stitches to his nose. He also suffered swelling under both eyes and a badly bruised jaw, which affected his speech, and had to take two weeks off work after the assault.

In interview, Scobie said he had been in the Vault with his brother and it was his brother who had been fighting with Mr Boylan outside the pub. He admitted he had then approached Mr Boylan while on the bench and punched him twice in the face.

The 30-year-old, of Darley Way, Fairfield, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

James Riley, defending, said: “Obviously the court takes a dim view of town centre, night-time violence. This defendant fully accepts being involved in that.

“He fully accepts he was at fault. He was in the wrong when he went to hit this young man twice when he was sat on the bench. That came about after the police intervened.

“The defendant has not thought, he has lost control of himself and not reacted as he ordinarily would.

“There was a combination of factors, drink was clearly involved and also what he witnessed Mr Boylan doing during the build-up before there had been another argument and the defendant saw him assault his brother.”

Scobie was given a community order with an 18-month supervision requirement. He must also attend a Resolve programme for 60 days and comply with a curfew for 12 weeks, which runs from 11pm to 7am on Fridays and from 7pm to 7am on Saturdays and Sundays.

He must also pay Mr Boylan £500 compensation.