Plymouth man who punched stranger to pay compensation
A MAN who broke the nose of a stranger in the street with a single punch has avoided going straight to custody.
Tyler Martin hit his victim in the face as a late-night row in Union Street turned to violence, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
The 20-year-old had drunk "between 10 and 15" vodka and Red Bulls that night.
Judge Jeremy Griggs handed Martin a six-month custodial sentence, but suspended it for 18 months.
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He ordered him to pay victim Michael Thackeray £400 in compensation, plus £350 towards prosecution costs.
Martin, of Sheridan Road, in Manadon, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm on December 4, 2011.
Julia Cox, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Mr Thackeray was at a cashpoint in Union Street at about 6.30am.
She said a group of men nearby were spotted on CCTV having an argument.
Miss Cox said Martin was on the edge of the group and did not appear to get involved.
She added that the other men walked away and suddenly Martin threw a punch at Mr Thackeray.
The court heard that Martin then left before police officers arrived.
Miss Cox said: "Mr Thackeray was left with a broken nose which deviated and required manipulation under general anaesthetic. The results were successful."
She said he had to take three weeks off from his job as a sales adviser.
Piers Norsworthy, for Martin, said he told police in interview that he could not remember what happened, having drunk between 10 and 15 vodka and Red Bulls.
He said the punch came "almost out of the blue".
Mr Norsworthy added that he was no longer drinking so much and was working hard as a fisherman.
He added that Martin also had a child with his partner, who was in court to support him.
"This was quite an unpleasant incident," Judge Griggs said. "You were on the sidelines of the dispute and there is no explanation for getting involved, save for the alcohol you drank."