Table-thrower jailed for unlawful wounding

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A GOOD Samaritan was left scarred for life when he tried to intervene in a fight and was hit in the face with a table.

Ian Moxon, 43, was playing poker at the Alea Casino in Clarence Docks, Leeds, around 1.30am on July 17 last year when Daljit Khosa began arguing with another man nearby.

The row then turned into a fight which moved towards the card players, Dave Mackay, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court.

Mr Moxon got up to separate them but Khosa then threw a drinks table towards his opponent which missed him but struck Mr Moxon, causing him a wound down his forehead which needed 15 stitches.

Khosa, 26, was jailed for three years after he admitted unlawfully wounding Mr Moxon.

The court heard he had a record for violence and was on licence at the time from an 18-month sentence for possessing an offensive weapon and affray.

Sentencing him, the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC said Mr Moxon had acted in a “perfectly responsible and public spirited way” only to be struck with a table and left scarred.

Matthew Harding, for Khosa, told the court there was a background between him and the man with whom he had the fight.

He claimed that man had assaulted him in the past but he never intended harm to anyone else and was genuinely remorseful and concerned an innocent man had been injured as a result of his actions.