Two men sentenced after assault on nightclub dancefloor
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Two club-goers have been sentenced for attacking a man and breaking his nose on the dancefloor of a Bury St Edmunds nightspot.
Ipswich Crown Court heard how friends Westley Coulson and Nedas Lazdauskas were dancing in LP nightclub in Bury St Edmunds around 2.20am on October 13, 2019.
Lazdauskas was bumped from behind by the victim, who then moved his head towards him, causing no injury, Simon Gladwell, prosecuting, told the court.
Words were exchanged and Coulson then punched the man in the face, causing him to fall to the floor.
Lazdauskas then jumped towards the victim and stamped on him with his foot.
The victim was left lying on the dancefloor, and was then taken away by security staff, who noticed bleeding to his face.
Following the incident, both Coulson and Lasdauskas left the dancefloor for a moment before returning to the same spot, the court heard.
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The pair carried on dancing and then fist pumped, Mr Gladwell said.
The whole incident was captured on CCTV, which was shown to the court.
The victim was taken to hospital and suffered a fractured nose and bruising to his face in the attack.
He required an operation on his nose several weeks later after the swelling on his face had gone down.
Prosecutors were unable to determine whether the punch or the stamp had caused the fractured nose, the court heard.
In a victim impact statement, the man said he now felt apprehensive about going out in Bury St Edmunds, and that he had lost out financially due to being forced to have time off work.
In police interview, Coulson made a full admission and said he had had five double vodka and Red Bull drinks.
He told officers he was tipsy but fully aware of what he was doing, and believed the victim had headbutted his friend, the court heard.
Lazdauskas did not answer any questions in police interview.
Coulson, 19, of Bloomfield Close, Sapiston, near Bury St Edmunds, who had no previous convictions, previously pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Lazdauskas, 19, of Gaskell Place, Ipswich, who had previous convictions for drink and drug driving, also previously pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Richard Kelly, representing Coulson, said his client had shown remorse, and had behaved himself since the incident.
Archangelo Power, for Lazdauskas, said his client had recently moved in with his girlfriend and was about to start a family.
Recorder Dijen Basu QC jailed Lazdauskas for 10 months and he will serve half his sentence in custody at a young offenders' institution before he is released on licence. He was also ordered to pay £340 in costs.
Coulson was handed 17 weeks' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and must complete 150 hours of unpaid work and 20 rehabilitation activity days. He was also ordered to pay compensation of £500 to the victim and costs of £340.