Thug Harry Prime's 'haymaker' left Chicago Rock Cafe clubber needing surgery
A TEENAGER seriously injured a man in an unprovoked attack at a city centre nightspot.
Thug Harry Prime left Christopher Burton needing plates inserted in his face after the violent assault in Chicago Rock Cafe, in Trinity Street, Hanley.
Prosecutor Fiona Cortese yesterday told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court Mr Burton was sat in a booth minding his own business when Prime approached.
“There was a short conversation and they shook hands,” said Miss Cortese.
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“The defendant then punched Mr Burton to the face and was pulled away. He punched him a second time before he was pulled away again.”
Police outside the club noticed blood on Mr Burton’s shirt, a cut to his left cheek and a swollen and black eye.
Officers spoke to Prime but he said he had not been in Chicago Rock Cafe. However, they noticed the teenager had a swollen right hand and he was arrested after they watched the club’s CCTV.
Mr Burton went to hospital where a CT scan revealed a fracture and decompression of an inner orbital nerve. In his victim statement he said he had to have two plates inserted.
He has also lost his confidence and has been left paranoid.
Prime, aged 18, of Cheadle Road, Blythe Bridge, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm on April 14.
Rebecca Wade, mitigating, said Prime was doing well at university and a sentence of immediate custody would jeopardise his career.
Miss Wade said Prime was ashamed of his behaviour.
“He was drunk, it was out of character. He has not been out on a night since,” said Miss Wade.
She added: “The defendant is well educated and has a future full of promise.”
Judge Paul Glenn told Prime he was lucky not to be charged with grievous bodily harm.
“You should have been,” said Judge Glenn. “You have come as close as one could have to going to immediate custody today.”
But the judge accepted the violence was out of character and sentenced Prime to four months in custody suspended for 12 months with 200 hours unpaid work.
He also made the teenager the subject of a 12-month exclusion order from Chicago Rock Cafe and ordered him to pay £2,500 compensation and £1,200 costs.
Judge Glenn said: “This is yet another example of mindless violence by young men who can’t hold their drink.
“You launched a totally unprovoked assault striking him a haymaker.
“He had made no aggressive gesture towards you at any stage.”