Ruskington man spared jail after fracturing his victim’s skull with a single punch

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A Ruskington man who caused a skull fracture when he knocked another man from the village to the ground with a single punch has been spared jail.

Jason Chambers, 27, was today (Friday) given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay Jordan Barrack £1,200 compensation after he struck him once outside the Red Lion pub in Ruskington.

Chambers, of Hillside Estate, Ruskington, admitted causing the skull fracture during the assault on August 17, last year. He was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years, placed under the supervision of a probation officer for 12 months and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He was also ordered to pay the court costs of £525 and compensation of £1,200 to Mr Barrack.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Chambers was upset that Mr Barrack had tried to kiss his girlfriend earlier in the day but only came across him by chance as he drove through the village.

The court was told Mr Barrack did not suffer a facial injury from the punch but fell backwards and hit his head on the ground.

Mr Barrack was taken to Lincoln County Hospital where he was diagnosed with a skull fracture and two internal bleeds. He remained in hospital for four nights and spent five weeks off work.

The court heard Mr Barrack had spent the afternoon drinking at the Shoulder of Mutton pub and changed venues to the Red Lion at 9.30pm.

Neil Sands, mitigating, told the court Chambers had spent the afternoon at home because he was working the next day but was informed by his girlfriend when she returned home that Mr Barrack had tried to kiss her.

Mr Sands said Chambers wisely chose not to go out and confront Mr Barrack but he came across him by chance when he later gave his girlfriend a lift across the village. Mr Sands said Chambers lost his temper when Mr Barrack appeared to smirk at him.

The court heard Chambers worked for a removals company and was well thought of by his employers.

Passing sentence Recorder Graham Huston told Chambers his behaviour was “inexcusable” but he was able to avoid an immediate prison sentence because it was a single punch and his victim wanted an end to the matter.

Recorder Huston said: “This is a single punch case where the injured party fell backwards and hit his head on the ground. He suffered a skull fracture and bleeds within his head, potentially extremely serious injuries.”