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Teenager jailed after breaking smoker's jaw
5:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014 in News
A ROW over a cigarette ended with a man in hospital with a broken jaw.
Teenager Joseph Cook asked the man for a smoke but when he was told he did not have one spare, violence flared at a pub in South Woodham Ferrers.
Victim Anis Jouni was punched in the face by 19-year-old Cook and when he fell to the ground, Cook kicked him.
The teenager was sent to a young offenders' institution for 12 months after admitted a charge of grevious bodily harm.
Judge Christopher Ball QC told Cook it was another example of young men drinking too much and getting involved in violence.
"You have something of a short fuse and when you get frustrated, you lash out and on this ocassion you btoke someone's jaw," Judge Ball told Cook.
And he added: "This is just the sort of violence that makes people think twice about going out in the evening and encountering drunken young people.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard on Friday Cook was in JD's Bar and club in Reeves Way on August 8 last year when he asked Mr Jouni for a cigarette.
He was told he did not have any to spare and a row started between them.
Cook, from Celeborn Street, South Woodham Ferrers, punched Mr Jouni in the face breaking his jaw and kicked him when he fell down.
An impact statement revealed Mj Jouni still feels nervous when he goes out and was off work after the incident.
He also had difficulry in sleeping and eating, the court was told.
Cook's lawyer, Perer Butterfield, said he was not proud of what he had done and had apologised to his victim.
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