A MAN suffered a fractured skull and jaw when he was punched in the street and hit his head on the ground when he fell down.
Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday the victim Geoffrey Dimmock was following someone in Glasshoughton, Castleford he had been told had stolen his car two weeks earlier.
But that person summoned help on the phone and Darren Leslie Fisher was one of two youths who turned up.
Simon Batiste, prosecuting, said Mr Dimmock’s uncle, Keith Pickersgill, who was driving down Leeds Road, saw a youth running from Front Street suddenly punch him, causing him to fall backwards.
When Mr Pickersgill stopped, got out of his car and tried to call an ambulance on his mobile another youth grabbed it and smashed it.
Mr Dimmock had to have a reconstructive operation to his face with a metal plate and screws inserted.
Fisher, 22 of Borrowdale Drive, Ferry Fryston, admitted grievous bodily harm, a common assault and being in breach of an Anti Social Behaviour Order which barred him from all pubs in Castleford. He was jailed for two years three months.
Andrew Hatton, for Fisher, said he thought his friend was in trouble and had not intended the terrible consequences for Mr Dimmock.