Jan 11 2012 by Stephen Robertson, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A HALLOWE’EN reveller in Stirling dressed in a jumpsuit, scarf and a flying mask had his jaw fractured in an unprovoked attack, a court heard.
Stirling Sheriff Court was told yesterday (Tuesday) that the party-goer was returning home from a nightclub on October 30 when he was assaulted by Gary Lumb (21).
The incident took place in Bannockburn Road in the early hours of the morning.
Fiscal depute Brent Bissett said that the victim had to be placed on a liquid and soft-food diet for six weeks to allow his jaw to heal.
Mr Bissett said: “He spoke to some males walking home and there was no problem at this time.
“The accused suddenly appeared from nowhere and punched him once on the left jaw.”
The court heard that the assault victim immediately felt light-headed and had to sit down on the pavement.
Mr Bissett said that Lumb immediately apologised for his actions and even waited with the man for his parents, who had been contacted, to arrive.
The following afternoon the victim was still in pain and went to hospital, where it was found that he had a non-displaced fracture to his jaw.
He was put on the special diet to let the injury heal itself.
Lumb, of Wilson Drive, Bannockburn, pleaded guilty to the assault.
Solicitor Stan Quirk said that his client had been out for the evening and had later seen a group of people who he thought were his friends.
Mr Quirk added: “He realised that they weren’t known to him and for whatever reason thought that he was under threat and effectively lashed out. He was wrong to think that he was under threat.
“He is a very sorry and anxious young man.”
Sentencing, Sheriff William Gilchrist said: “It was a single blow but it had serious consequences for the complainer, who had several weeks of pain and discomfort.”
Sheriff Gilchrist ordered Lumb to pay £500 compensation to his victim.