Thug jailed for breaking barman's jaw...six years after the attack

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THE LONG arm of the law finally caught up with a thug who broke a barman’s jaw...six years after the attack.

Unemployed Joseph Norton, 57, had lashed out in the Fat Cat’s Bar, in Southchurch Road, Southend, after being refused service.

It was after last orders so his unsuspecting victim, barman Bernard McKeown, said he could not pour him a half pint of lager.

A furious Norton then launched himself at Mr McKeown and broke his jaw with a single punch.

After the attack on February 15 2007, he was charged with grievous bodily harm and appeared before court.

But after a hearing in October 2009 he breached his bail and laid low in Southend for three years. He was finally arrested in November.

Mr McKeown told Southend Crown Court that in the meantime he had to undergo a series of operations to have gold-plated implants inserted in his jaw.

He said: “I was virtually walking about for two or three years with no teeth at all, only metal pins sticking out.”

Mark Roochove, mitigating, said his client was unable to explain why he had committed the attack other than that he was drinking.

He said: “He is incredibly sorry, he didn’t forsee certainly the consequences that would follow from a single punch, and he regrets and and he can understand how the complainant feels.”

He said that after skipping bail Norton had remained in the Southend area. He said: “He hadn’t disappeared. He wasn’t on the run so to speak.”

Judge Owen Davies, sentencing him at Southend Crown Court, sai: “The fact is that you were solely responsible for delaying the time in which you were to be brought to account.”

Norton of Shelley Square, Southend, was jailed for 16 months.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “We are pleased that Norton has been forced to face the consequences of his actions and has received a prison sentence.
“He was arrested three times in connection with this offence and twice failed to answer bail. A court warrant was issued for his arrest and he was then remanded in custody.

“Ideally we would have liked to have placed Norton before the court at an earlier date but there was never any question that he would be forgotten about or escape justice.”

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8:55am Fri 15 Feb 13

GentleGiant says...

How can the police not know where somebody is locally?

Or was the warrant only recently actioned?
How can the police not know where somebody is locally? Or was the warrant only recently actioned? GentleGiant

9:30am Fri 15 Feb 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Wonder who the lucky person is that will share a cell with him.
Wonder who the lucky person is that will share a cell with him. DogsMessInLeigh

12:54pm Fri 15 Feb 13

apapa palm says...

I seen him on corrie , with sunita
I seen him on corrie , with sunita apapa palm

2:24pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Boyracer_1991 says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Wonder who the lucky person is that will share a cell with him.
Well with a name like that, you cant exactly be a model type person. Id feel ashamed to share with you.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: Wonder who the lucky person is that will share a cell with him.[/p][/quote]Well with a name like that, you cant exactly be a model type person. Id feel ashamed to share with you. Boyracer_1991

3:40pm Fri 15 Feb 13

supermadmax says...

16 months is very harsh especially as it would appear he has neither been in trouble with the law nor claiming benefits since the attack. A financial award to the victim would have been more appropriate.

* remember the thug in Rayleigh last week, long history of violence & got off with a suspended sentence.
16 months is very harsh especially as it would appear he has neither been in trouble with the law nor claiming benefits since the attack. A financial award to the victim would have been more appropriate. * remember the thug in Rayleigh last week, long history of violence & got off with a suspended sentence. supermadmax

7:18pm Fri 15 Feb 13

another council tax payer says...

Surely working in fatcats one would expect some colourful clientele.Not the sort of hostelry to expect strict licencey restrictions
Surely working in fatcats one would expect some colourful clientele.Not the sort of hostelry to expect strict licencey restrictions another council tax payer

7:23pm Fri 15 Feb 13

another council tax payer says...

another council tax payer wrote:
Surely working in fatcats one would expect some colourful clientele.Not the sort of hostelry to expect strict licencey restrictions
licence even!
[quote][p][bold]another council tax payer[/bold] wrote: Surely working in fatcats one would expect some colourful clientele.Not the sort of hostelry to expect strict licencey restrictions[/p][/quote]licence even! another council tax payer

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