Ex-paratrooper attacked Royal Marine from behind over girlfriend
AN EX-SOLDIER punched and broke the cheekbone of a man he saw talking to his girlfriend in a bar, a court heard.
Former paratrooper Chad Brading, aged 27, hit the stranger from behind before his victim even saw him, Plymouth Crown Court was told. He then punched Royal Marine Tom Warboys twice more on the ground.
Brading, of The Crescent in the city centre, admitted maliciously wounding Mr Warboys on March 3.
Sally Daulton, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Brading had argued with his girlfriend that evening.
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She said he later went to Vybz club in Union Street, where he saw her talking to Mr Warboys.
Ms Daulton added: "The defendant approached him from behind and punched him to the face before Mr Warboys saw him.
"The defendant forced him to the ground and while he covered his face, he was struck twice more with a clenched fist."
She said security staff pulled Brading away.
The court heard Mr Warboys was left with a severely bruised and swollen face and he was later diagnosed with a fractured cheekbone.
Robert Linford, for Brading, said: "He is a decent, hard-working member of the community who served in the Paras."
He added he had landed well-paid work since leaving the regiment, but had to give that up because of his conviction. Mr Linford said he had now set up a cleaning company.
Judge Paul Darlow told Brading: "Your career as a soldier should have taught you to contain the temper and the violence you exhibited on that night on someone who had done nothing to deserve it."
He gave him a 34-week jail sentence, but suspended it for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work.
Brading must pay £2,500 compensation to Mr Warboys.