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Man broke teenager's jaw after fall-out on Facebook, Leicester court told

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A man who broke a teenager's jaw after a fall-out on Facebook has had his sentence cut by judges on appeal.

Ryan Harriman (20) attacked his victim at a bar on March 25, having previously clashed with him on the social networking website.

Harriman, of Maple Way, Earl Shilton, who also threw a glass at another man at the bar on the same night, was later jailed for a total of three years at Leicester Crown Court.

He had admitted unlawful wounding and assault occasioning actual bodily harm in Rafter's Bar, in Barwell.

This week Lord Justice Moore-Bick, Mr Justice Collins and Judge Nicholas Cooke QC, sitting at London's Criminal Appeal Court, cut that sentence to 26 months, after accepting that the original sentence was too long.

The court heard Harriman approached his victim, who was smoking outside the bar, and asked him for a fight after getting wound up about their online exchanges.

He then punched him repeatedly, breaking his victim's jaw in two places and leaving him with nerve damage.

He needed three metal plates to hold his jaw together and could not eat solid food for six weeks, the court heard.

In a victim impact statement read out during the sentencing hearing in Leicester, the victim told police: "It was absolute agony until the operation the next morning."

After the attack, Harriman took to Facebook again, to "offer his victim out" for another fight. He was sentenced to 20 months for the attack on the teenager and, at a later hearing, to 16 months – to run consecutively – for throwing the glass.

It was argued by his lawyers in the Criminal Appeal Court that the total three-year sentence was over the top.

It was said that the jaw-breaking attack had been "an isolated incident in an otherwise blameless life."

Mr Justice Collins said: "It was unfortunate that these offences did not come before the court for sentencing on the same occasion. It is possible a more satisfactory outcome could have been achieved."

The judge went on to cut the total sentence by 10 months.

Man broke teenager's jaw after fall-out on Facebook, Leicester court told


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