Suspended prison term for Sleaford man who fractured cheekbone in attack

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A Sleaford man who carried out an attack outside a town pub leaving his victim with a fractured cheekbone has been given a suspended jail sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.

Joshua Simpkins had earlier been involved in an incident on the dance floor of the Bull and Dog, in Southgate, during which his victim’s girlfriend was pushed.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said the victim had no memory of what happened but Simpkins later claimed that following the dance floor incident there was a challenge to go outside and ‘sort it out’.

She said: “They have obviously gone out of the rear door. Five minutes later the victim returns to his girlfriend. He was clearly injured with blood on his face. He was telling her he did not know what had happened.”

The injured man was taken to hospital where he was found to have a fractured cheek bone.

CCTV footage showed Simpkins had punched the man once and then kicked him.

Miss Leonard said the serious injury to the cheek appeared to have been caused by the punch rather than the kick.

Simpkins, 24, of Orchard Close, Sleaford, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm as a result of the incident on May 25.

He was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years with 12 months supervision and 150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to his victim.

Judge Stuart Rafferty QC told him: “If I was even remotely satisfied that it was the kick that caused the injury rather than the punch then you would be going down. Kicking on the ground is an act of the uttermost cowardice.

“I hope you are thoroughly ashamed of yourself. You are 24 and have responsibilities. It is time to grow up and act like a man.”

Neil Sands, defending, said Simpkins has no previous convictions and has shown remorse for what he did.

“He did it and he accepts he did it. He knows he has risked everything he has built up,” he said.

Mr Sands said that Simpkins and his business partner employ two other people and he realised that he had put all of their futures in jeopardy as the business would struggle to continue if her was given an immediate jail sentence.