A father has been jailed for breaking another man’s jaw with a hammer outside a restaurant in Preswich.
On July 4 last year, outside Mr. Ali’s tandoori restaurant, John Paul Garmsha, 32, left John with a double fracture in his jaw.
The court heard that before the attack, Gresha Shaw was collecting a take-up when she got into an argument with another person inside the restaurant.
The three men went outside where the defendant was caught on CCTV and punched one of them.
The court heard that a friend of the victim, whose friend was being punched by Greshmao, was mediating between the two.
“The plaintiff is trying to break up the parties during the dispute,” said prosecutor Lisa Bouk.
CCTV footage showed Gresha Shaw riding in a van and fleeing the scene.
Then, just 12 minutes later, he returned on foot with something in his pocket.
Ms Bokak said that based on the width and weight of the object, the prosecution believed that Gresha Shaw had gone and tied herself to a hammer.
He then struck the victim in the face with a hammer, leaving two fractures on his jaw.
Ms Bokak said: “The defendant left [the victim] Once with a lump hammer on the face.
Defendant turned his attention to it [complainant’s friend] And with that he swings towards her, kicking her with his feet.
“[The man] Falls to the floor
The defendant then dropped the hammer and picked it up and continued to pursue it.
“When the footage is finished, the respondent walks on it again [the complainant].
The victim needed surgery on his jaw to repair the fracture, and had to walk on liquid food for several weeks during his recovery.
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Ms Bokak said the “revenge” factor was a growing feature of the attack.
Defending, Mr Michael James said his client retaliated after he hit the victim’s glass inside the restaurant.
He said Greshmau admitted that he had hit the victim with “something”.
“It simply came to our notice then that the complainant was not acting as a peacemaker,” Mr James said.
He says he was hit with a glass before. He was clearly very angry and upset.
“He was hospitalized himself.”
To punish Recorder June Band said: “The victim did nothing wrong. He was a mediator.
“Y. And you made a hammer and you hit him in the face. ”
Greshmao, of Lecley Drive in Blackley, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison and ordered to stop talking to the victim.