Thug broke man’s jaw in Tingley street attack

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A thug who broke a man’s jaw after he challenged him for damaging his car has been jailed.

Liam Barrick, 23, carried out the attack following a late-night disturbance in a street in Tingley on January 4.

Duncan Ritchie, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court how Barrick could be heard shouting and swearing in The Avenue as he argued with a woman. Barrick had been drinking and shouted: “I will take anyone on.”

A couple living in the street heard the disturbance as they were about to get into bed and looked out of the window. They saw Barrick do a “karate kick” on their car, causing £500 worth of damage. Barrick then smashed the window of another vehicle before running off.

Mr Ritchie said the couple got dressed and went to find Barrick. They approached him a short distance away on Bradford Road. Barrick then punched the male victim and knocked him to the ground. He then threatened to stab his partner.

The victim was bleeding heavily to the mouth from the single blow.

He was taken to hospital and had to undergo an operation to have metal plates fitted to his face.

The court heard he had to go on a liquid diet as a result of his injuries and continues to suffer pain.

Barrick, now of Dodsworth Avenue, York, pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm and two offences of criminal damage He has previous convictions for violent offences.

Narinder Rathour, mitigating, said Barrick was sorry for what he had done.

Recorder Anthony Hawks said: “You were in the street making a drunken nuisance of yourself.

“What difficulties (the victim) has suffered is a result of your drunken behaviour.”