Teen must pay £300 compensation for punch at young farmers event

Bradford Crown Court
Bradford Crown Court

A teenager who broke a mechanic’s jaw has been ordered to pay his victim £300 compensation.

Danny O’Brien was only 17 when he hit Joshua Brearley during a confrontation at the Calderdale Young Farmers party at Beeston Hall Farm in Ripponden a year ago.

Prosecutor Sam Andrews told Bradford Crown Court today (Friday) that Mr Brearley woke up the next day with a swollen jaw and difficulty eating and after attending hospital he was found to have suffered a fracture.

O’Brien, now 18, of Pike Low Road, Scapegoat Hill, Huddersfield, initially told police it was a case of self defence, but last month he pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding.

Mr Andrews said O’Brien had no previous convictions and his barrister Jeremy Barton submitted character references in support of the teenager.

Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said the sentence for the offence had to reflect the fact that O’Brien was 17 at the time and his guilty plea.

The judge said he took the view that an order to do 120 hours unpaid work was appropriate, but he also ordered O’Brien to pay £300 compensation to Mr Brearley at the rate of £15 a week.

“Don’t come back again Mr O’Brien,” said the judge.

“This was a blip get over it.”